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The skinny: Girl with 12 fingers, 14 toes reaches for a record

gifted child

with 12 fingers, 14 toes, she's in reach of record

From almost the moment Le Yati Min was born, her mother knew the girl had a little something extra. "I asked the nurses whether my kid was born complete with hands and legs," says her mother, 26-year-old Phyo Min Min Soe. "They replied that the baby even has more than she needs." Born with 12 fingers and 14 toes, Le may be the most "digitally enhanced" person in the world. Now, the 16-month-old girl's family in impoverished Myanmar is seeking a Guinness World Record to prove it. Polydactylism — being born with an extra finger or toe — is fairly unusual, but it is even more rare for someone to have spare functional digits on both hands and feet, as Le does. According to the Guinness website, the record for fingers and toes for a living person is held by two people in India, who have 12 fingers and 13 toes each.

homeward bound

Nearly mailed pup up for adoption

A puppy that escaped a possibly deadly trip through the mail and won the hearts of admirers worldwide is available for adoption. The city of Minneapolis says a drawing to adopt Guess, a 5-month-old schnauzer-poodle mix, will be held Friday. People who are interested have to be at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control shelter, and animal control manager Dan Niziolek says he's expecting a line. Guess was saved from a trip through the mail to Georgia that officials say likely would have killed it when postal workers opened the package.

eggs on top

Vermont woman bags the title

Krystal Smith, 24, of Burlington, Vt., is the nation's top grocery bagger, earning a $10,000 prize at the 2011 U.S. Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas. Smith beat 21 competitors by filling three grocery bags in 38 seconds. The Burlington Free Press says contestants are judged on their ability to bag grocery staples, including bread, milk, eggs and canned goods, and on their bag-building technique, weight distribution, style, attitude and appearance.

labor of love

Grandma gives birth to grandson

A 61-year-old grandmother gave her daughter the greatest gift she could think of: a baby. Kristine Casey gave birth to her own grandson, Finnean, acting as a surrogate to her infertile daughter, according to the Chicago Tribune. Although Casey went through menopause a decade ago, she was able to get pregnant with Sara Connell's baby using in vitro fertilization and hormone therapy. Connell, 35, had been trying to get and stay pregnant for years, but wasn't able to carry a child to term. Her egg and her husband Bill's sperm were implanted in grandma Casey, who had the baby by C-section last week.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Girl with 12 fingers, 14 toes reaches for a record 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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