The 14 members of this family are born with a rare and unique feature—they all have 12 fingers and toes. Sounds weird and strange, right? But this is one true life-story from Brazil!
Recently, the famous De Silva Family got into news again when they welcomed a new member into their clan: Vinicius, son of Alessandro and Katia. And the baby boy arrived with the same “genetic abnormality.”
When asked about the extra digits Alessandro said that this is a unique mark. “This is a mark that no other family has, it’s what makes us stand out from the crowd,” he said, according to a report by The Sun.
The De Silvas are fondly known as “The Family of Six.” Also, they believe this extra feature has helped them become better musicians and goalkeepers.
Alessandro has six fingers, while his wife, Katia, has the standard five on each hand. This means that their new baby had a 50 percent chance to inherit the six-finger gene. Their first son, Guilherme, proudly owns six fingers, and now their younger son, Vinicius, also follows the legacy.
This genetic syndrome is called polydactyly, which causes people to be born with extra fingers and toes. However, it happens only in one out of 1,000 births.
“If either your mom or your dad has extra digits, then you stand a 50/50 chance of getting the same type,” said Dr. Laura Lettice, a genetic scientist.
While we all look at this with amazement, the 7-year-old Guilherme is quite happy with having six fingers. “The coolest thing about having six fingers being able to hold a lot of things at once,” said Guilherme.
Alessandro said that it was his grandfather Assis who passed this “abnormality” into the family, and also he is the one who actually transformed it into a proud thing.
“My grandfather transformed having six fingers into a valuable thing. So much so that he wrote a book where his hands are on the cover. And he composed music and everything he did carried the six finger family symbol,” Alessandro said.
Joao Assis, who is a goalkeeper, said: “I’m able to reach some balls when people can’t. For me it’s easier to hold the ball, I have more grip and my hands covers more, so it’s difficult for the ball to escape.”
“It’s never been an issue for us having six fingers. We like having six fingers,” said Alessandro’s aunt Sylvia.
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Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | BBC.