My name is Dave.
I am 6 years old and was born with a condition called ‘symbrachydactyly’. I have 3 middle fingers missing from my right hand, with a small thumb and little finger. When I was in my mum’s tummy my fingers didn’t grow. The doctors are not sure why they didn’t grow, and told my Mum and Dad that one in every 100,000 children are born with this condition.
When I was 10 months old, I had an operation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Hand surgeons Chris Coombs and Phillip Richardson removed a bone from my middle toe on my right foot and fused it to the bone in my right thumb (lower bone insert in the right thumb). I cannot bend my right thumb like you can, but, I can still do lots of things anyway.