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California baby born with webbed hands, feet undergoes surgery

April 6, 2012 |  8:54 am

 A Central California baby born with webbed feet and hands is recovering from a surgery to help separate his fingers and toes.

Nine-month-old Mason Fluty of Galt was born with a rare medical condition called Apert syndrome.

According to the family's website, the bones in Mason's skull became fused in the womb and his fingers and toes were fused together.

When he was 4 months old, he underwent a craniostomy surgery on the back of his skull at UC San Francisco and must still undergo another one on the "frontal vaults" to allow his brain to grow correctly.

On Thursday, he underwent a four-hour surgery at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, where a doctor who specializes in Apert syndrome separated every other finger and toe. A second surgery will be performed in August to separate the remaining digits.

"He's doing great," his mother told Fox 40 News in a telephone interview. "He's sleeping really great and on pain medicine. He's comfortable."

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