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Honey Boo Boo’s Niece Kaitlyn Won’t Get Thumb Operation Soon

Tue, September 25, 2012 4:31pm EDT by 17 Comments
Kaitlyn Shannon Extra Thumb
Courtesy of TLC, Facebook

Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June opened up in a recent interview about her granddaughter Kaitlyn’s third thumb, and why she’ll have the extra appendage for a little bit longer. Read on to find out more details.

Anna “Chickadee” Shannon, 18 and the oldest sister in the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo clan, gave birth to daughter Kaitlyn over the summer, and her baby was born with an extra thumb on her right hand. However, the Honey Boo Boo matriarch, Mama June Shannon, said why they aren’t fixing her deformity any time soon.

“She may or may not ever get surgery to remove one of the thumbs,” the coupon queen told

“They just have to wait and see,” she said. “They don’t want to do it too early, if they cut one off the other could have paralysis or it could make the other fingers not work, so they don’t want to make any rash decisions.”

Although having an extra thumb is different from the norm, June said it’s not a big deal to her or her family.

“She’s just special; I would never make fun of her. That is not right,” she added. “It makes her more unique and special to us. We don’t even pay attention to it.”

The birth of two-month-old Kaitlyn will be featured on the season finale their TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on Sept. 26. Meanwhile, Mama June said they’re not making the baby’s surgery a priority.


— Christina Stiehl

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