With 14 people with 6 fingers, DF family plans 'arraiá dos hexas'

Mutation was inherited from a lawyer who helped found Clube do Choro. Family says it is proud and elects Hulk, Oscar and David Luiz their favorites.

João Silva, 15, who likes to play as a goalkeeper, shows a six-fingered hand; This feature is common to 14 members of his family.

The beginning of the World Cup reinforced in a family in Brasilia the pride for a characteristic that makes it very peculiar: of the 24 members, 14 were born with 6 fingers and toes. Passionate about football, they decided to organize a June party packed by the tournament on June 23 and 2014, when the Brazilian National Team faces Cameroon at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium.

"We are already hex. Brazil needs to run after us," jokes retired Silvia Santos.

The feature, which the family considers "charming", should inspire T-shirts to commemorate Brazil's games during the World Cup. The party, which will take place in a condominium of Águas Claras, was called "Arraiá dos Hexas". Jokingly, family members say the group's "pentas" will also be invited because they represent the current number of world titles in Brazil.

The idea is for everyone to wear T-shirts with prints embroidered with the figure of a 6-fingered hand and somehow transmit good energy together to Neymar and cia's team.

The name of the striker, however, does not even appear on the list of favorite players in the flamenco family. The immediate and rather euphoric memories are midfielder Oscar, striker Hulk and defender David Luiz. "And I like Fred too, see?" Confesses housewife Silvana Santos da Silva, mother of 8-year-old Maria Morena.

The first in the family to have polydactyly (a genetic mutation that causes a person to be born with too many fingers) was the patriarch, Francisco de Assis Carvalho da Silva, Silvana's father. Lawyer and musician, he helped found the Choro Club of Brasilia and always saw the situation as a motive of honor. Because of this, it earned the nickname "Six". Of the five children, four inherited the trait.

"We take it very naturally, I think even by the way my father handled. Here at home, who has 5 fingers is that has complex. Works in reverse," explains Silvia. "I have three children, and only the oldest Eduardo does not have 6 fingers. When I took my daughter Ana Carolina to take them off, because to put sandal a little complicated, Dudu asked to save them to put in his hand. He was 5 years old and felt excluded. "
The programming technician Ana Carolina recalls that, in childhood, he was uncomfortable with the characteristic that pleased his brother so much, after hearing jokes that her hand resembled that of an alien. Without trauma, the young woman today has fun watching the scene between her mother and brother repeat with her middle son, João Pedro, 5 years old.

"Of my three children, only the oldest, Bernardo, was born with 6 fingers. So our problem is this, because João Pedro always wants to have 6, like me and Bernardo. He sees and wants to be just like us," he laughs. . "As he takes us for reference, he ends up using his middle finger to point things out, when in fact we use what would be our indicator."

Despite the "eccentricities", the family ensures that the spare finger does not hinder any activity. The difference is most evident when it comes to positioning members to do more precise things, such as writing - instead of the pencil and pen being between thumb and index finger, they split the hand with two fingers on one side and four fingers on the other.

To prevent these moments from causing embarrassment to children, such as those with Ana Carolina in childhood, mothers seek help in their own schools. Youngest of "Six", Silvana tells that her daughter, Maria Morena, always reports that her peers insist to see her hand.

"Every year, I warn the teacher that she has 6 fingers, but she can do everything normally. She can cut with scissors without any difficulty, can write. So, I ask you to treat her without differences, because this is not a problem, "he explains.

Little Maria Morena dreams of learning to play the piano and believes she can take advantage of having more fingers. "I think it's much nicer to be like this, I can get more stuff, I have more possibilities," he says. "I just don't like it when people keep wanting to see and tell others. I tell them, 'You have five and I have six.' I find it strange to look at their hands and see that they have less."

Family in DF that has 6 fingers in each hand; feature is common to 14 group members

Also the mother of two children with polydactyly and granddaughter of musician "Six", veterinarian Mariana Sousa says conversations with the children's school coordinator have even yielded a new method for teaching differences between people. In Peter's room, 12 years old, it is no longer a consensus that everyone has ten fingers and toes.

"The cool thing is that we saw a change in school too. Pedro's teacher stopped talking that, together, the hands form a dozen, because for him it didn't work. Now, she says that there are different people - blondes, brunettes, redheads, with blue, green and brown eyes - and that's normal anyway, "says the veterinarian.

For her, children will hardly be embarrassed by the condition as it is considered natural within the family. Mariana also states that, outside of school, it is difficult for people to notice that she or her children have 6 fingers. The youngest, Arthur, at 1 year and 5 months, presents the genetic mutation only in the feet.

Woman with six fingers in her hands, family characteristic in DF

Playful, the family decided to join the typical food of June to the passage of the Brazilian team around the city to hold the "Arraiá dos Hexas" and invite the family members who are "pentas".

Dressed in green, yellow and blue, the "hexas" claim to trust the performance of the national team throughout the World Cup and are happy with the event in Brazil. They do not ignore the other needs of the country, which have ruled protests since June last year, but believe it would be worse not to take the cup this time.

"The expense was once huge, and now I can't even imagine the reaction of people if we were not champion. There is really something to change, but we can't close our eyes to how beautiful it is. It's not nice to see the interaction between so many different people, a beautiful interaction?

You see that, at the stadium door, the fans greet each other, the rivalry is only on the field. Or watch the Japanese clear the stadium after losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on the first day of the World Cup, learning from others. It's nice to feel this climate, see the colorful city, "says retired Silvia.

Between 3% and 5% of babies
are born with some birth defect, and the extra fingers are
the most recurring amendment

Her youngest son, 15-year-old João, is a goalkeeper and says he had the same feeling as he watched Swiss and Ecuadorians have fun before the start of Group E's first match and Mané Garrincha's own World Cup debut last Sunday . He was the only family member to plan to watch tournament matches at Mané Garrincha and says he loved the experience.

Sister Ana Carolina and cousin Mariana chose not to go to the stadium because of their young children. "Catarina is only 4 months old, she is very small. I am scared both by the possibility of manifestation and by her tiredness. And it is normal child to be restless. I would end up not enjoying it. affirms.

According to the Coordinator of Rare Diseases of the Department of Health of the DF, Maria Terezinha de Oliveira Cardoso, polydactyly is the most frequent among malformations. "We have no data on FD, but what can be said is that between 3% and 5% of babies are born with some birth defect, and that the extra fingers are the most recurrent," he said.

"We face it very naturally, I think even by the way my father handled. Here at home, who has 5 fingers has a complex. It works the other way around. I have three children, and only the oldest Eduardo does not have When I took my daughter off her feet, because to put on sandals was a bit complicated, Dudu asked to save to put in his hand. He was 5 years old and felt excluded. "

Silvia Santos,
member of the 'hexa family'

Genetic alteration is linked to heredity and, contrary to what many people believe, there are no external factors that can trigger it. Most often, a person is born with just one finger on each limb, but there are cases where the mutation is accompanied by a cleft lip or heart disease.

Although usually the extra fingers work well, surgery to extract them is often recommended. The treatment is offered by the public network of the DF, but the change is not even considered by the family.

Refuting the idea of ​​“defect”, retired Silvia states that the feature really makes hexas very proud. She says she received a proposal from a doctor to go through genetic mapping but declined for fear that her children would become unnecessarily complex.

"Having too many fingers does not affect us at all, it is a wonderful thing. For us, it is a difference that is quality. The strange thing is who does not have it. or woman. We want to know if you have five or six fingers, "he jokes.
Silvia's youngest son, John says that his extra fingers help him a lot as a goalkeeper. The 15-year-old had his mother's help in improvising his gloves: they bought two pairs, one of good quality and the other simpler. At best, they drilled holes to accommodate the spare limb and then sewed a jagged finger from the inferior pair of gloves.