After being born with Poland Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can leave hands webbed and fingers unusually short, Richard Stott, 28, underwent a remarkable set of surgeries at before the age of 11.
Poland Syndrome, aka Poland Anomoly, is described as a “rare birth defect characterized by underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscle (pectoralis) on one side of the body, and usually also webbing of the fingers (cutaneous syndactyly) of the hand on the same side (the ipsilateral hand).
In most affected individuals, the missing part is the large section of the muscle that normally attaches to the upper arm on one side and the breastbone (sternum) on the other. Other abnormalities may occur on the affected side of the torso. In some cases, additional muscles in the chest wall, side, and shoulder are missing or underdeveloped.”
Luckily for Stott, he was born only with abnormalities on his left hand and shoulder. To try and improve the dexterity and use of his hand, two of his affected fingers were removed and his second largest toes on each foot were grafted into their place.
In total, Stott has undergone 15 separate surgeries to try and improve his condition. Despite his initial struggles with Poland Syndrome, Stott has continued to pursue his passion for acting and theater and credits his unique left hand for many of his successful roles. You can see Stott’s unique condition below, or check out his work here.