Polydactyly: Man In Cuba Has 12 Fingers and 12 Toes

By on Aug 30, 2011 in North America, Weird, World Comments

Yoandri Hernandez Garrido, a 37-year-old man from Cuba was nicknamed “Twenty-Four” because of his six perfectly formed fingers on each of his hands and six toes on each of his foot, several international news sites reported on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Hernandez‘s condition is known as polydactyly. It was said to be a relatively common condition, however, having them to be so perfect is very rare. His fingers, as shown below, look so perfect that the extra digits are unnoticeable unless people started counting them.

Polydactyly: Cuban with 12 fingers
Yoandri Hernandez Garrido Shows His 12 Fingers
Credit: Javier Galeano / AP

According to reports, Hernandez is proud of his extra digits and considers them a blessing. He said that those extra fingers and toes enable him to make a living by climbing palm trees to cut coconuts and pose for photographs with tourists. It was reported that one tourist had paid him $10 for a picture with him.

“It’s thanks to my 24 digits that I’m able to make a living, because I have no fixed job,” Hernandez was quoted saying.

“Since I was young, I understood that it was a privilege to have 24 digits. Nobody has ever discriminated against me for that. On the contrary, people admire me and I am very proud. I have a million friends, I live well,” Hernandez reportedly said.

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