SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 + JUNE 18, 2009 UPDATE

12 Fingers and 13 toes: a world record!

In 2005 Devendra Harne recieved an unusual claim to fame: the only living person with most fingers and toes, 25 in all. But in the same year an Indian girl was born - named Pranamya Menaria - who has the same characteristic. And in 2008 various sources around the world reported about an Indian man who has 12 fingers and 14 toes... but not good enough for a new Guinness World Record!?

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Devendra Harne has 12 fingers and 13 toes. The X-ray hands of Devendra Harne.

A child from South Point School has an unusual claim to fame. The famed Guinness World Records Limited which publish Guinness Book of World Records has acknowledged Devendra Harne as the only living person with most fingers and toes, 25 in all.

The Guinness certificate states that Devendra has 12 fingers and 13 toes and this is the result of condition called Polydactylism. The letter about the Guinness World Record Limited says Devendra is the 'Most Fingers and Toes' living person. However, the letter further said the certificate does not guarantee automatic entry of record in the famed book which is brought out annually.

The deformity is not a handicap for Devendra who is the kid next door and attends school regularly. Devendra also attend to his daily chores without any help and is an ideal student. His father, Omprakash Harne, runs a men's parlour on Manewada Road while mother Uma Devi, runs a beauty parlour from home.

The medical examination fit Devendra reflected that he is perfectly normal. The additional fingers and toes normally do not develop fully but in Devendra's case they look perfectly normal. His parents approached Guinness Book with an application and after verification the world record books awarded Devendra the certificate.

Devendra says he does not feel any difficulty is using the extra fingers.

The doctors said such cases are rare, two in thousand children. Two Indians--Tribhu van and Trilok Yadav, both real brothers, were mentioned in the Guinness Book as persons with extra flesh. They had 24 fingers.

Devendra's father has thanked Ashish Kawle, Abhay Shenwai,

Rahul Chandel, Pramod Omkar, Dr Dinesh Lanjewar and others who helped in acknowledgement from Guinness World Records Limited.

Source: City lad enters Guinness book

JUNE 18, 2009 UPDATE:

Additional note from

A girl named Pranamya Menaria (India; born August 10, 2005) has the same number of fingers and toes: 25 in total (12 fingers and 13 toes). However, her condition is the result of a combination of the conditions
Polydactyly and Syndactyly - which implicates that some of her toes are 'fused' (grown together).

In 2008 various sources reported that Heramb Ashok Kumthekar, a 22 year old marketing student from Pune was born with 12 fingers and 14 toes. However, the student from Pune is not able to claim a new Guinness World Record because some of his fingers and toes are technically attached, even though they have separate bones (see the pictures below).

The congenital condition of having extra fingers occurs in one in every 500 births. Famous holders of extra digits include the beheaded ex-wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (who was rumoured to have an extra finger on her left hand), the Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan (one of Indian cinema's rising stars has one extra digit on each hand), and recently the new James Bond Girl Gemma Arterton admitted that she was born with 6 fingers on each hand (an extra pinky finger).

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Heramb Ashok Kumthekar has 12 fingers & 14 toes, no official record

Heramb Ashok Kumthekar has 12 fingers and 14 toes!

Related sources:
Leonid Stadnyk has the world's largest hand
Conditions of 'polydactlyly' and 'syndactyly' in the little finger or pinky
Evolutionary Handanalysis
Double Digits
The man who grew a finger
Devendra Harne has 12 fingers and 13 toes



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