via New Scientist
A woman born missing a finger and a thumb has grown them back – albeit as part of a phantom limb. This extraordinary occurrence shows that our brain contains a fully functional map of our body image, regardless of what our limbs actually look like.
The woman, RN, was born with just three fingers on her right hand. Aged 18, RN had the hand amputated after a car accident. She later began to feel that her missing limb was still present, and developed a “phantom” hand.
RN was aware of a full complement of fingers, but her phantom thumb and index finger … (continue reading): Woman’s missing digits grow back in phantom form – health – 10 August 2012 – New Scientist.
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