We all are born with a unique mix of common traits – your eyes, for example, are likely to be brown or blue though they could be a more rare color like green or grey. Most of us don’t have any overwhelmingly unique individual traits; it’s the combination that makes us unique. Then there are those born with very unique traits and genetic abnormalities, be those for good or ill. After reading this list, perhaps we’ll all just want to be a bit more average. Here are 25 Odd Things Very Few Kids Are Born With.
These unique kinds of twins happen when an embryo only partially separates to form two people, instead of fully separating and creating identical twins. Conjoined twins grow together in the womb and are born connected, either at the upper chest (usually sharing a heart), from the chest to the pelvis (sharing gastrointestinal organs) or at the skull (less than 2% of conjoined twins). They can sometimes be separated, but not always, and mortality risks depend very much on the individual twins. There are fewer than 1,000 reported per year.
This is a condition where hair grows long all over the body, with the exception of the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and mucous membranes. Remember old circus posters for “wolf girl”? That was Ambras Syndrome. There isn’t a treatment or cure. Ambras Syndrome does not effect the lifespan of those who have it.
Vestigial is the term used for organs that we no longer need due to evolution, such as the appendix. (Seriously, they’re just there to possibly give you a medical emergency at some point in life). Some babies are born with a vestigial tail. Yep, a tail. We all start out with one when we’re just tiny embryos, but usually it disappears as the spinal column develops. Tails usually have no bones and are removed shortly after birth. There have been less than 50 recorded cases in the last 100 years.
Cyclopia is exactly what it sounds like – babies that are born with one eye in the middle of their forehead, like a Cyclops from legend. This can effect humans and animals and is most common in kittens. Most babies born with this disorder die within moments after birth.
Hermaphroditism is when a person is born with both male and female reproductive organs. Typically if this is diagnosed at birth, the reproductive organs of one sex are removed and the genitalia altered to match, though sometimes the surgery may be delayed until puberty or adulthood to stave off gender identity disorder later in life. This happens in about 1 in 2000 births.