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Success! Sao from Cambodia raised $321 to separate her conjoined fingers.

Sao
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
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$0
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Fully funded
Sao's treatment was fully funded on June 13, 2016.

Photo of Sao post-operation

July 28, 2016

Sao received successful surgery to separate her conjoined fingers.

Sao’s surgery went well. Her wounds have healed, and she will now be able to hold and carry things with her hands.

“Thank you for helping my daughter,” Sao’s father shared. “Now she is not in any pain and can do things by herself.”

Sao's surgery went well. Her wounds have healed, and she will now be able to hold and carry things with her hands. "Thank you for helping...

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May 29, 2016

Meet Sao, a five-year-old girl who is currently attending primary school. The youngest in the family, Sao has two sisters and two brothers. She enjoys playing with dolls and with her friends at school.

Sao was born with syndactyly of both hands, a congenital malformation that leaves her fingers on each hand webbed together. Because her fingers are partially united by skin, it is difficult for her to hold or carry objects. Sao traveled four hours with her father to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) in hopes of receiving treatment.

$321 in funding can cover all surgical costs as surgeons at CSC perform a syndactyly release surgery on each hand. With carefully placed incisions, the surgeons will separate the connected fingers and improve the overall functionality of her hands. Our support will go a long way to helping young Sao become healthier and stronger.

Meet Sao, a five-year-old girl who is currently attending primary school. The youngest in the family, Sao has two sisters and two brothers. ...

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Sao's Timeline

  • May 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sao was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sao 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.

  • June 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sao's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Syndactyly Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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