Phearun is an 18-month-old toddler. He has three siblings - two older sisters, and one older brother. His parents are farmers in Kampot province, about three hours from the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He enjoys playing with toys with his siblings, taking long naps on his mother’s lap, and drinking milk.
Phearun was born with polydactyly of his right hand. This means that he was born with an extra digit on his hand, but is otherwise healthy. As he has grown, it is difficult for him to use his hand, and this may affect the function of the other fingers as he becomes more active.
Fortunately, on October 18th, 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, the appearance of his hand will improve and he can develop normally.
Phearun’s mother said: “I hope my son will be able to use his hand more easily and will not be ashamed when he goes to school.”
Phearun is an 18-month-old toddler. He has three siblings - two older sisters, and one older brother. His parents are farmers in Kampot pro...
Phearun underwent polydactyly surgery so he can use his hand as he grows.
Phearun and his family traveled three hours for surgeons to remove the extra digit on his hand. He was very brave and even made some new friends! He and his mother spent the night at the hospital to make sure the incision was healing well, and then his family returned home. His mother will keep his dressings clean and dry, and he will return to have his stitches removed. When his incision is healed, he will learn how to hold objects and fully use his hand - this will be a big help in the future when he starts school.
Phearun’s mother said: “we are grateful to the surgeons who did his surgery at a young age so other children will not make fun of him. Thank you to for helping to pay for this surgery so that he can grow to be a confident young man. Now he is happier and looks forward to playing with his friends.”
Phearun and his family traveled three hours for surgeons to remove the extra digit on his hand. He was very brave and even made some new fri...