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Success! Molita from Cambodia raised $256 to fund polydactyly surgery on her hands.

Molita
100%
  • $256 raised, $0 to go
$256
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Molita's treatment was fully funded on May 8, 2022.

Photo of Molita post-operation

May 20, 2022

Molita underwent polydactyly surgery on her hands.

Sweet baby Molita showed a lot of bravery despite all the new faces that she encountered at the hospital! Her surgery went well, and she is recovering at home. Her mother is helping to keep her dressings clean and dry. Molita will return to the hospital to have her stitches removed soon. With a full recovery, Molita will be able to use her hands easily and live a more comfortable life.

Molita’s mother said, “We are grateful Molita could have this surgery at a young age so that other children will not make fun of her. Thank you for helping to pay for this surgery so that she can grow to be a confident young girl.”

Sweet baby Molita showed a lot of bravery despite all the new faces that she encountered at the hospital! Her surgery went well, and she is ...

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April 5, 2022

Molita is a five-month-old baby girl. She is the first child in her family, and her mother works in a garment factory to support their needs.

Molita was born with polydactyly of both hands, which means that she has an extra finger on each hand. If the extra fingers are not removed, it will become difficult for Molita to use her hands as she grows older and she could face social stigma from others.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Molita receive treatment. On April 5th, surgeons at CSC’s medical center will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits. After surgery, she will feel more comfortable and will be able to use her hands easily. Now, her family needs help raising $256 to fund her procedure and care.

Molita’s mother shared, “I hope she recovers quickly from surgery and is happy.”

Molita is a five-month-old baby girl. She is the first child in her family, and her mother works in a garment factory to support their needs...

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Molita's Timeline

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Molita 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.

  • April 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Molita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Molita's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Molita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $256 for Molita's treatment
Hospital Fees
$45
Medical Staff
$163
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
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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