VIDEO: Actor getting a grasp on roles after he had his fingers replaced – with toes
February 18, 2016, 11:12 am
An actor who had his toes chopped off and stitched onto his hand says his disability has helped rather than hindered his acting career.
Richard Stott was born with a rare birth defect called Poland Syndrome, which causes webbing to the fingers and deformity.
He has had around 15 operations to date – the biggest of which saw the second toe on each foot removed and grafted to his left hand when he was 11.
But rather than becoming withdrawn, 28-year-old Richard has embraced it, and is now using it to his advantage to get niche roles. He said: “I was having a hard time using my hand when I was younger, but I didn’t notice it. “My feet look exactly the same. People don’t notice at all – there’s hardly any scarring. It doesn’t affect me.”
At school, in Beverley, East Yorkshire, Richard’s disability caused no problems – even during PE lessons.