Eleven-year-old Chinese girl Ren Xin, who has an excrescent hand on her back, looks tearful prior to her surgery, at the Armed Police General Hospital on December 12, 2007 in Beijing, China. Ren Xin, who is from the heavily polluted Shanxi Province in northern China, suffers from Congenital Scoliosis and parasitic fetus. Surgeons were preparing to remove the hand today and will perform a scoliosis correction operation in three months time. According to reports, the number of Chinese babies born with birth defects such as cleft lip and palates, and extra fingers and toes, has increased by 6 per cent each year, and babies born with disabilities now accounting for up to 40 per cent since 2001 and there are concerns that this may be related to environmental pollution. By China Photos/Getty Images.
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