A 21-year-old man from China was born with the condition that left him the victims of bullies his entire life. Because he was born with nine toes on one foot, bullies picked on him for being different. That’s why he spent the majority of his childhood hiding away from his peers while growing up in southern China. His parents praised the bizarre number of toes on his foot as a good omen and forbade him from operating on them to remove them – but now that he’s an adult, he’s taking matters into his own hands.
Because the young man named Ajun wanted to have a “normal” foot, he decided to undergo the operation that would change him forever. The operation took nine hours but resulted in him having the extra digits removed and a big toe surgically attached to his foot.
Ajun grew up the victim of constant ridicule. He refused to wear sandals as a child and was made to feel constantly “imperfect” and worthless among his peer group, who despised him for being different.
Because the four extra toes have ruined his life for more than two decades, he is relieved to finally be able to undergo the life-changing operation and get a new lease on life. He is overjoyed to have his foot changed from the bizarre way it always looked to something more normal.
While discussing his childhood, Ajun said: “I stopped wearing sandals outside since my third year of primary school.”
Not only did Ajun suffer from constant bullying, but he also never had a girlfriend because of his deformity. China has far more men than it has women because of the one-child policy that women have the pick of the litter when it comes to their prospective mates. Having nine toes on his foot left Ajun behind his peers when it came to winning the genetic lottery.
“I’ve never had a girlfriend because I’m so imperfect. I never thought I’d find anyone who wants to be with me.”
While Ajun hated having nine toes on his foot, his parents believed a fortune teller who told them that the toes were a sign of good luck and a “gift from the heavens.”
“They were superstitious, so they didn’t deal with it. They thought if it really looked too bad, I could just cover it with my shoes.”
When Ajun became an adult, he left his parents and sought out a doctor capable of fixing his problem.
According to Daily Mail, Dr. Wu Xiang, from Shunde Heping Surgical Hospital in Foshan, said: “It’s very rare to see such a serious deformity having not been treated in a 21-year-old patient.”
After nine hours, Ajun was cured of his deformity.
“Now, I feel great. I’m very grateful to Dr. Wu Xiang. I think my foot is perfect. He showed me pictures of my foot after surgery, and I’m very happy.”
Dr. Wu added: “For children born with deformities, it’s best for them to be examined three months after birth. Surgery can happen as early as one year old, but no later than six years old. Basically, any time before they start school is fine.”
What do you think about the results?
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