Former ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Star Kaitlyn Cardwell Undergoes Surgery to Remove Extra Thumb

Kaitlyn proudly shows off her camo-print cast...
Kaitlyn proudly shows off her camo-print cast…

Well…you don’t get to write headlines like that everyday, do ya?

Kaitlyn Cardwell has spent her life living in the shadow of her aunt, former TLC star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, but she recently made headlines of her own!

Kaitlyn, the daughter of Honey Boo Boo’s older sister, Anna Cardwell, recently underwent a surgical procedure to have her extra thumb removed.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Anna, known as “Chickadee” on the now-cancelled reality show, chose to have 4-year-old Kaitlyn’s extra digit removed for health reasons, as well as the fear of her being bullied as she gets older.

“I know a few people will be mad but we have made a decision on what to do with Kaitlyn’s thumb,” Anna wrote on Facebook in August. “We have decided to remove it ‘cause of school and because we don’t know what it will do to her when she is older and ‘cause of kids these days of how mean they are and they don’t care not saying all kids are like that but some are.”

Kaitlyn, whose birth was featured on a 2012 episode of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ was born with four fingers and two thumbs on her right hand. The little girl’s extra digit was frequently discussed on the show before it was cancelled by TLC in 2014. Honey Boo Boo even quipped that she would love to have been born with two thumbs.

“I wish I had an extra finger so then I could grab more cheese balls,” she said.

“It’s better to have an extra thumb than no thumb at all,” Anna’s mother, Mama June Shannon, memorably stated during the episode featuring Kaitlyn’s birth.

TMZ reported that Kaitlyn is “healthy and recovering” after the procedure but will be required  to wear a cast for six weeks.

Kaitlyn is the oldest daughter of Anna and her husband, Michael Cardwell. The couple welcomed another daughter, Kylee, earlier this year.

If you want to see before and after photos of Kaitlyn’s surgery (and you know you do!), click here! 

(Photo: Facebook)

10 Responses

    1. She really is!!!!. It’s really a breath of fresh air seeing a positive comment like urs! I get so bummed out seeing nothing but hurtful, opinionated replies to almost any news on some celebrity or ppl in the public eye. So quick to wrongfully judge other ppl, it actually gets me down! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment!!

  1. Oh please, u all don’t even know if their vehicle was moving. Also I get it about the car seat. Are seat belt, car seat laws different state by state?

    1. You’re right, I don’t know if the vehicle was moving. But if she’s strapped in incorrectly, we don’t know if she was coming or going, meaning she was incorrectly strapped and now the car is stopped or she is incorrectly strapped and now they’re leaving. Either is unsafe.

    2. It doesn’t matter if the car is moving or not, the seat isn’t even installed correctly, forget how she is strapped in. It’s not the first time they’ve had issues with car seats being improperly installed, they just don’t give a rat’s left nut about it. They throw a stink, as per usual, any time someone addresses the issue. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them post another pic of her in her car seat with their, very consistent, response of “SEE we know how to properly secure baby kaitlyn’s straps and stuff on her car seats, HERE she’s in a car.. sheeeez”. It’s what they always say, and yet…they still can’t get it right. They got shit for doing it when she was just a bitty baby int he car seat(and their “proof” pic, showed her *still not properly strapped in anyway, and she was in a moving car when they posted it).
      These people don’t know HOW to use a car seat, plain and simple.

  2. I’m more concerned with the absolute wrong way she’s strapped into her car seat… gives me anxiety when I see shit like that

  3. I realize I’m nitpicking, but if they just took all that time to get her extra thumb removed, could they take an extra minute and put her in her car seat correctly? It’s the one giant thorn in my side, and the Teen Mom girls are notorious for having bad installs or incorrect seats for their kid’s ages/height/weight. If you’re in front of a public audience, model safety. /endrant.

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