A Brazilian family with a rare genetic disorder giving six fingers on each hand has become a symbol of their nation's hopes to bring home Brazil's sixth world cup title. (June 19)
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Brasilia, Brazil - June 19, 2014
1. Various shots of family at their home
2. Various of Joao De Assis da Silva playing guitar with six fingers
3. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Joao de Assis da Silva, has six fingers (transcript below)
4. Medium of Maria Morena da Silva holding ball with six fingers
5. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria Morena da Silva, has six fingers (transcript below)
6. Various of family watching World Cup on TV
7. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Ana Carolina Santos da Silva, has six fingers (transcript below)
8. Tight shot panning across six-fingered hands
9. Wide of family cheering
IF BRAZIL TAKES TAKES HOME ANOTHER WORLD CUP WIN IN 2014 - THE DA SILVAS MIGHT BE THE ONLY FAMILY TO COUNT ALL SIX OF ITS WINS… ON ONE HAND.
ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS BRAZILIAN FAMILY WERE BORN WITH AN EXTRA FINGER ON EACH HAND - KNOWN AS POLYDACTYLY.
IT'S A RARE GENETIC CONDITION -
BUT ASK ANY OF THEM AND THEY'LL TELL YOU IT'S MORE OF A BLESSING THAN A CURSE.
SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Joao de Assis da Silva
"It's just like playing with five fingers. The techniques I use to play with six fingers I get from the techniques people use to play with five fingers."
SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria Morena da Silva
"It's cool. I'm proud of having six fingers. It's easier to grab things and do other stuff.
AND THAT PRIDE NEVER SHINES MORE BRIGHTLY THAN DURING THIS YEAR'S WORLD CUP -
THE LOCAL MEDIA MAKING THEM A SYMBOL OF HOPE THAT BRAZIL WILL LOCK DOWN ITS *SIXTH* WORLD CUP TITLE.
SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Ana Carolina Santos da Silva
"Since the last World Cup we have wanted Brazil to win its sixth championship so we can show with our six fingers the number of times Brazil has won."
THIS YEAR.. THEY'LL BE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS DURING EACH MATCH.
KEEPING ALL TWELVE FINGERS CROSSED.
ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.