We all have our insecurities. Whether it's our nose, stomach or the way we walk - practically everyone has something about themselves they wish they could change.
But for one man, his insecurity is so bad that he has lived with feelings of shame for years and has never been able to ask a girl out for fear of rejection. The man, known only as "Ajun," was born with nine toes on his left foot and has recently undergone a rare surgery to remove the extra toes. But, his parents, who believe his toes are a "gift from God," likely aren't happy with Ajun's choice to get them removed.
Keep scrolling to see the shocking before and after surgery photos.
Everyone is insecure about something.Whether we admit it to each other or not, everyone has something they don't like about themselves.
More often than not, it's to do with our appearance.
via: Getty ImagesWhether it's our nose, lips or stomach - most people can find something to pick apart about themselves.
Social media probably hasn't helped.
via: ShutterstockConstantly scrolling through a feed of seemingly "perfect" looking people with "perfect" lives is bound to make so many of us have low self-esteem.
But for one man, his insecurity about one particular body part has plagued his entire life.
via: ShutterstockThe man, identified only as "Ajun," from Lufeng City in South China's Guangdong Province, was born with a birth defect called Polydactyly, which caused him to have 9 toes on his left foot.
He also lacked a big toe.Instead, he had 2 smaller toes resembling a v-shape.
Polydactyly is rare...But it is said to be more common among males.
Ajun said he has felt ashamed of his extra toes all his life.His condition was detected at birth, but his parents were reluctant to do the surgery to fix it.
In most cases like this, surgery would be done as soon as possible.
via: ShutterstockBut after going to a fortune teller, Ajun's parents decided against their son going under the knife as they were told his 4 extra toes were a "gift from the heavens."
So, they essentially thought his extra toes were lucky...
via: Getty ImagesThough Ajun, now twenty-one-years-old, hugely disagrees. Ajun explained his parents were “superstitious, so they didn’t deal with it. They thought if it really looked too bad, I could just cover it with my shoes."
Ajun has chronic low self-esteem because of his deformity.He admitted that he's been so ashamed of his foot that he has never asked a girl out for fear of rejection. “I’ve never had a girlfriend because I’m so imperfect," he told Asian Wire. “I never thought I’d find anyone who wants to be with me."
Luckily, his extra toes have never stopped him from being able to walk...
via: Getty ImagesBut, he admitted that when he was 10, he stopped wearing sandals all together because of his foot.
So, after living with his extra toes for over 2 decades, Ajun finally took action.Unconvinced that the toes really were a "gift from God," Ajun sought medical advice about his rare condition.
Doctors were shocked to see someone as old as Ajun with this condition.
via: Getty ImagesSurgery should be done as soon as possible, and in most cases occurs when the patient is aged between 1 and 6 in order to achieve the best results. His doctor, Wu Xiang, said: "It's very rare to see such a serious deformity having not been treated in a 21-year-old patient."
Doctor Wu also explained that for the sake of the patient's mental health, surgery should be done sooner rather than later.
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This meant that in Ajun's case, reconstructive surgery would be difficult."Other hospitals would've just removed his outermost extra toes. That would've been the easiest solution, but it wouldn't look the best," Doctor Wu said.
The medical team at the hospital spent nine hours creating a new left foot for Ajun...Ajun says he is extremely pleased with the results of the surgery. "Now I feel great. I'm very grateful to Doctor Wu Xiang. I think my foot is perfect. He showed me pictures of my foot after surgery, and I'm very happy," he explained.
It looks to have been a complicated process.Doctor Wu added: "His most natural-looking toe is on the outside, so we decided to migrate it inwards to its most ideal position, replacing his fifth digit and creating a new big toe."
The surgery has given Ajun a new lease of life.The rare procedure has allowed him to be rid of the insecurity that has burdened his life for all these years.
Although, we don't anticipate his parents will be happy about the procedure...Given they believe the extra toes are good luck and all.
Ajun is currently recovering in hospital.
via: Getty ImagesHe's expected to be discharged in the coming weeks. Speaking of toes, extra-long toenails are supposedly the latest bizarre trend. Keep scrolling to learn more...