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Success! Nora from Cambodia raised $444 to fund surgery to heal her birth condition of fused fingers.

Nora
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nora's treatment was fully funded on September 24, 2022.

Photo of Nora post-operation

October 5, 2022

Nora underwent surgery to heal her birth condition of fused fingers.

Nora charmed the hospital staff and was a brave girl during her surgery to correct her fingers. She and her mother were able to return home after surgeons determined her incision was healing well. Her mother also spent time with the physiotherapy team for exercises to increase flexibility and strength when the stitches are removed.

Nora can look forward to a good life without being impacted physically or socially about her fingers.

Nora’s mother said: “We are so grateful that my daughter’s hand will look normal when she starts in school. We were worried that other children would make fun of her. Thank you for supporting her surgery so that she can hold things and have a better life.”

Nora charmed the hospital staff and was a brave girl during her surgery to correct her fingers. She and her mother were able to return home...

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September 8, 2022

Nora is an eleven-month-old baby who likes to smile and play with toys and dolls. She is the first child in her family.

Nora was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that her ring fingers are fused together, making it difficult for her to grasp or hold items.

Fortunately, on September 8th, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release her fused digits. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $444 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Nora will be able to use her hands fully as she grows up.

Nora’s mother hopes the surgery will allow her to grow up without discomfort and do everything she wants to do in life.

Nora is an eleven-month-old baby who likes to smile and play with toys and dolls. She is the first child in her family. Nora was born wi...

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Nora's Timeline

  • September 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nora 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.

  • September 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nora's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nora's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nora's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Syndactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Nora's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$346
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 have webbed fingers or toes, or several of their digits are completely fused together.

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

Patients often have difficulty grasping objects and using their hands or feet. 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?

A z-plasty surgery is performed to separate the skin between the digits. Because the circumference of the conjoined fingers is smaller than the circumference of the separated fingers, new skin is brought into the area by a skin graft.

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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