Toddler Sees Fingers For First Time (Video)

Doctors use "distraction lengthening" procedure to build new fingers

child sees fingers for the first time

Ten fingers. Ten toes. It’s what every parent expects to see when a child is born. But Andrew Bowers arrived missing fingers, thumb and palm bone on his left hand and was unable to use it.

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After a number of false starts, the Bowers family found hope in a procedure called “distraction lengthening” — performed by Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon William Seitz, MD — that will literally grow new fingers.

Watch as Andrew sees his new fingers for the first time.

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