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Success! Manith from Cambodia raised $299 to fund foot surgery so he can live comfortably and confidently.

Manith
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  • $299 raised, $0 to go
$299
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Manith's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2023.

Photo of Manith post-operation

January 11, 2023

Manith underwent foot surgery so he can live comfortably and confidently.

Manith was able to have surgery to separate the joints in in his foot and separate his toes. He rested at the hospital for several days and was cautioned to not bear weight on his right leg for several weeks as his incision heals. The physiotherapy team worked with him to slowly increase weight bearing, and he will be able to resume his normal activities within a few months. His life will change as he will be able to wear shoes comfortably and his mother is happy that he won’t grow up feeling ashamed of how his feet look.

Manith’s mother said, “I was worried about Manith’s feet, but now I have hope he will have normal feet like other children and they won’t make fun of him. I am so happy the doctors could fix his toes, and I want to thank the donors who support CSC so he could have this surgery.”

Manith was able to have surgery to separate the joints in in his foot and separate his toes. He rested at the hospital for several days and ...

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August 2, 2022

Manith is a playful and creative 7-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and is the only child in his family. His mother works as a garment worker, and his father works as a taxi driver for a private company. Some of Manith’s favorite activities include painting, playing with toys, watching cartoons, and playing with his friends. At home, he loves to eat soup and yogurts!

Manith was born with a condition that caused two of his toes on his right foot to be fused together. Although he can walk, run, and play with ease, it is difficult for him to wear shoes.

Fortunately, Manith is scheduled to undergo surgery to heal his condition on August 2nd at our medical partner’s care center. This procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $299 to fund this procedure.

Manith’s father says, “I hope his foot will heal well and feel good after the surgery.”

Manith is a playful and creative 7-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and is the only child in his family. His mother...

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Manith's Timeline

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Manith 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.

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Manith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Manith's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Manith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $299 for Manith'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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