"Called A Witch," Says Odisha Woman Born With 20 Toes, 12 Fingers

Nayak Kumari, said she stays indoors most of the time to keep away from prying eyes.

'Called A Witch,' Says Odisha Woman Born With 20 Toes, 12 Fingers

Nayak Kumari say she cannot afford to treatment for her condition.

Ganjam:

Giving in to society's disapproval for anything out of the ordinary, a woman in Odisha's Ganjam--born with 20 toes and 12 fingers--has confined herself to her house.

Nayak Kumari, 63, says that her neighbours believe that she is a witch but there is nothing she can do to change her appearance. 

"I was born with this defect and could not be treated because I belong to a poor family. The superstitious residents believe I am a witch and stay away from me,"  she said. 

Nayak Kumari said she stays indoors most of the time to keep away from prying eyes.

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Nayak Kumari suffers from a condition called Polydactyly.

"This is a small village and people here are superstitious. She has a medical condition but cannot afford the treatment," Nayak Kumari's neighbour said. 

According to surgical specialist Dr Pinaki Mohanty, having 20 toes and 12 fingers is very rare.

"This is a case of Polydactyly, in which extra fingers are there from birth. This is caused by a mutation in genes. Polydactyly is not that uncommon, around one or two people in every five thousand have extra fingers, he said. 

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