PUBLISHED: 22:19 EST, 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 02:14 EST, 31 May 2012
Deirdra Malone, of Memphis, Tennessee gave birth to the boy named Bobby Jr two months ago and she didn’t immediately notice the additional two toes.
The boy won’t have to remove the six toes on each foot for his condition called polydictal because all the digits are healthy and fully formed.
‘Gift’: Deirdra Malone, of Memphis, Tennessee gave birth two months ago to a boy named Bobby Jr who has an extra toe on each foot
‘Healthy’: The boy’s six toes on each foot won’t have to be removed for his case of polydictal because all the digits are fully formed and in good condition
Ms Malone was thrilled when she first saw her son at Baptist Memorial Hospital East and didn’t see any problems with the child.
None of the hospital workers observed the extra digits.
When the hospital gave Ms Malone a copy of her son’s footprints that staff members made, she began to count the toes.
‘And I looked and I said, “One, two, three, four, five…six?”‘ she toldWREG.com.
She went on to say: ‘I said, “Six? No.’
Ms Malone told staff: ‘Bring him back.’
‘Six?’: Ms Malone (pictured) and hospital staff didn’t notice the baby’s extra digits until they made footprints and realized he had 12 toes
So hospital staff and the mother began to count the boy’s toes to find six toes on each foot.
‘I was like, what? 12-toed baby?’ Ms Malone told the news station.
Doctors called the case rare because the extra toes shouldn’t cause any health problems for the baby.
Ms Malone told WREG.com: ‘It’s a gift and that’s how I look at him – as a gift.’
’12-toed baby’: The boy’s mother said his extra toes made him ‘a gift’ she hopes will make him a football player or track runner with his special digits
Bobby Jr, who was born weighing eight pounds and two ounces, also can keep the extra toes because of its full formation.
Ms Malone hopes the supplementary toes will come in handy in the future.
‘Maybe he’ll be a football player…or a track player or something,’ she told the news station.