Extra digits: Yoandri Hernandez Garrido, 37, known as 'Twenty-Four' shows his 12 fingers in Baracoa, Guantanamo province, Cuba
'It's thanks to my 24 digits that I'm able to make a living, because I have no fixed job,' Hernandez said.
Anyone who glanced quickly at his hands would be hard-pressed to notice anything different unless they paused and started counting.
Hernandez said that as a boy he was visited by a prominent Cuban orthopaedist who is also one of Fidel Castro's doctors, and he declared that in all his years of travel he had never seen such a case of well-formed polydactyly.
'He was very impressed when he saw my fingers,' said Hernandez, who is the only one in his family to be born with extra digits.
In a part of the world where people's physical traits are often the basis for nicknames - even unflattering ones like 'fatty' or 'shorty' - 'veinticuatro' ('twenty-four' in English) is not an insult but rather a term of endearment, and Hernandez, now 37, said his uniqueness has made him a popular guy.
He has a 10-year-old son with a woman who now lives in Havana, and his current girlfriend is expecting his second child.
'Since I was young, I understood that it was a privilege to have 24 digits. Nobody has ever discriminated against me for that,' he said. 'On the contrary, people admire me and I am very proud. I have a million friends, I live well.'