My Child Has A Hand Difference
When my second son was born, amongst the joy of having another boy, part of me was saddened by his right hand missing his three middle ﬁngers. A mixture of emotions took place. I felt blame and guilt after he was born — perhaps what I ate during the pregnancy could have caused this to happen. Was it hereditary? No-one in my family or my husband’s family was born with a hand difference. I started to worry how my family would react. What would my friends say when they came to visit us in hospital? How was my son going to cope? Will he be picked on at school? Will he ﬁnd a job? Will he be able to play an instrument? Will he get married? So many questions raced through my mind the ﬁrst night I was in hospital — ranging from him being a child to a man.