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Boti is a playful toddler from Cambodia who needs $299 to fund surgery to remove an extra thumb on both hands.

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May 17, 2022

Boti is a 3-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with toys with his friends around the house, drawing pictures, and going to the market with his mother. His favorite meal is fresh milk and porridge.

Boti was born with polydactyly of both hands. This means that he has an extra thumb on both hands. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he can’t hold objects very well.

Fortunately, on May 17th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), our medical partner, will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits. CSC is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will be able to use his hands easily and handle objects like his friends.

His mother said: “I hope the extra thumb on Boti’s hands will be removed safely.”

Boti is a 3-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with toys with his friends around the house, drawing pictures, and going to the market with ...

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Boti's Timeline

  • May 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Boti was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Boti's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Boti is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Boti's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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