A woman in India sets a record for having 19 toes and 12 fingers. Kumari Nayak, from Odisha’s Ganjam district, suffers from a rare disease called polydactylism.
You might have read about Mr. Edward Doyle, a man who set the world record of popping the eyes out of his sockets for about 140 seconds. Also, you may have heard about a man who typed most words in a minute by a nose, another bizarre record recorded in the history of Guinness. But this recent news of a woman having 31 fingers and toes has shocked everyone.
Kumari Nayak, a 63-year-old woman who was born in Ganjam district, Odisha, suffers from a condition ‘polydactylism.’ It is a condition in which the person has extra fingers and toes. She has spent her entire life living in a room and hiding from the world. With 19 toes and 12 fingers, she was forced to stay inside and not to threaten kids.
“I have been suffering from this disease for 63 years now. The neighbors, who are too much in blind beliefs, believe that I am a witch and stay away from me.”
She further added:
"I was born with this defect and I couldn't be treated as we belonged to a poor family. I am forced to stay indoors as I am being treated differently which is not a nice way of treatment from my neighbors."
It is believed that the Odisha state believes in superstitions. People who live there know that she has a medical problem, and it has nothing to do with superstitions. But they feel sorry about her, as they couldn’t provide treatment for her.
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She lived alone for several years, but now several government officials are helping her. She is eligible for a regular pension and has been offered a home. The government said that they would make people aware of her condition and make sure that she enjoys a peaceful life.
One of the government officials said:
“We are aware of her situation and have offered all possible help. We also educate her neighbors to treat her with love and compassion because she is not a witch.”
Kumari has 19 toes and 12 fingers and has made a record recently. Kumari Nayak broke the record of Devendra Suthar, who has 14 toes and 14 fingers. He lives in Gujarat, and his name was added to the Guinness World of Record in 2014.
Devendra is a carpenter, and those extra fingers don’t affect his work. But he has to be careful when cutting. He also has special shoes so that his seven fingers are comfortable.
While these people should be mentioned in the world records, several awful world records are also there, which do not deserve to be mentioned in the records.
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