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Deformed feet and hand. Four-month old baby with a missing right foot, and having toes and fingers which lack some of their bones (phalanges). Congenital deformities like these may have been inherited from the parents. They may also be caused by the unborn foetus being infected or damaged by toxins (such as pollutants) or radioactivity. Congenital defects are not necessarily passed on to a deformed person's offspring. Photographed in Russia.
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