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Success! Phearun from Cambodia raised $299 to fund polydactyly surgery to remove an extra digit on his hand.

Phearun
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  • $299 raised, $0 to go
$299
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phearun's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Phearun post-operation

December 13, 2022

Phearun underwent polydactyly surgery so he can use his hand as he grows.

Phearun and his family traveled three hours for surgeons to remove the extra digit on his hand. He was very brave and even made some new friends! He and his mother spent the night at the hospital to make sure the incision was healing well, and then his family returned home. His mother will keep his dressings clean and dry, and he will return to have his stitches removed. When his incision is healed, he will learn how to hold objects and fully use his hand - this will be a big help in the future when he starts school.

Phearun’s mother said: “we are grateful to the surgeons who did his surgery at a young age so other children will not make fun of him. Thank you to for helping to pay for this surgery so that he can grow to be a confident young man. Now he is happier and looks forward to playing with his friends.”

Phearun and his family traveled three hours for surgeons to remove the extra digit on his hand. He was very brave and even made some new fri...

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October 18, 2022

Phearun is an 18-month-old toddler. He has three siblings - two older sisters, and one older brother. His parents are farmers in Kampot province, about three hours from the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He enjoys playing with toys with his siblings, taking long naps on his mother’s lap, and drinking milk.

Phearun was born with polydactyly of his right hand. This means that he was born with an extra digit on his hand, but is otherwise healthy. As he has grown, it is difficult for him to use his hand, and this may affect the function of the other fingers as he becomes more active.

Fortunately, on October 18th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, the appearance of his hand will improve and he can develop normally.

Phearun’s mother said: “I hope my son will be able to use his hand more easily and will not be ashamed when he goes to school.”

Phearun is an 18-month-old toddler. He has three siblings - two older sisters, and one older brother. His parents are farmers in Kampot pro...

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Phearun's Timeline

  • October 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phearun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phearun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • October 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phearun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phearun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phearun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $299 for Phearun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$201
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with polydactyly have more than five fingers per hand or five toes per foot.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients have difficulty using their hands or walking. In addition, many patients feel uncomfortable about the appearance of the condition.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This condition may be caused by increased exposure to chemicals. According to local doctors, the proportion of babies born with disabilities and congenital deformities in eastern Cambodia (bordering Vietnam) is more than 50 times higher than in other parts of the country. Though the reason for the higher rate has not officially been confirmed, it is generally thought to result from the use of Agent Orange, a dioxin-containing defoliant, by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The extra digit is removed, and the hand or foot is reconstructed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience improved mobility and function, reduced pain, and increased self-esteem and confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The treatment usually results in a good outcome. If a patient’s condition is particularly difficult, surgeries are scheduled during visits by hand specialists from Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition, our medical partner belongs to a hand and upper limb-specific telemedicine group. A network of specialists from around the world can offer opinions about difficult cases.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The healthcare system in Cambodia is underdeveloped. Cambodians rely on government hospitals, which are often ill-equipped and lack capacity and expertise for standard surgical care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative.

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