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Guinwa, 21, has been living with an embarrassing abnormality all of her life. She was born with two extra toes — one on each foot. The condition, known as polydactyly, is usually discovered at birth, but it can also be detected during a prenatal ultrasound. During embryonic development, the hands and feet split to create 10 fingers and 10 toes. Polydactyly results when an irregularity occurs in this process, resulting in the formation of extra digits on either the hands or the feet. The condition can be inherited, but the vast majority of cases have no known cause.
"Growing up, strangers would always be staring," Guinwa says. "I shopped for sandals that would cover my toes or wore closed toe shoes. I always avoid doing anything that requires me being barefoot, even getting a pedicure."
Guinwa was told that she should wait until the growth plates in her foot had finished developing before undergoing surgery to correct her condition. When she turned 18, Guinwa visited numerous doctors for an evaluation, but none of them were able to perform the complicated surgery — until she met podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh.
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Former Guest Update: Was She Cured?
When 25-year-old Sarah first appeared on The Doctors in May 2012, she was struggling with an extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. After suffering a 4th degree tear during labor, Sarah developed a fistula — an abnormal connection or passageway between two organs in the body. In Sarah’s case, the fistula formed between her rectum and her vagina.
Living with Usher Syndrome
Kamryn, 15, was diagnosed with severe hearing loss at age 2 and has been wearing hearing aids ever since. Kamryn recently discovered that she faces an even more serious challenge when doctors informed her that she has Usher Syndrome — a rare, genetic disorder that causes deafness and gradual vision loss. "I started noticing in math class that I couldn't read the board, and I was in the very front," Kamryn says.
People with Usher Syndrome are always deaf or hard-of-hearing before they become visually impaired or blind. Usher Syndrome causes the development of a progressive ocular disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Retinitis pigmentosa is a gradual degeneration of the retina, leading to peripheral vision loss, then central vision loss, and ultimately, total blindness in most cases.
Since her diagnosis in May 2013, Kamryn's vision has rapidly diminished, and she has been declared legally blind. While researchers are working toward finding treatments, there is currently no cure for Usher Syndrome or retinitis pigmentosa.
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