Srey Pin is an energetic 3-year-old toddler. She has two older brothers, who are 15 and 10 years old. They are students at a public school. Srey Pin is too young to attend school, so she stays at home with her parents, who are farmers. She enjoys being with her brothers, running around the house, eating fried chicken, and drinking fresh milk!
Srey Pin was born with polydactyly of her right hand. This means that she has an extra thumb. Thumb duplication happens before a baby is born. When a baby’s hands are first forming, they are shaped like mittens. Then the fingers split. An extra split can result in thumb duplication. Although in some cultures an extra thumb is considered lucky, Srey Pin’s mother would like it removed so that Srey Pin will not have self-esteem issues about her extra thumb and it won’t get in the way of her using her hand to everyday tasks.
On October 20th, 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, her right hand will look like her left hand and Srey Pin can look forward to a full, healthy life.
Her mother said: “I hope Srey Pin can easily use her hand and children will not make fun of her when she goes to school.”