Lay Hong is a 6-year-old first grader who lives in Takeo province with his single mom. His uncle and other relatives help care for him while his mom works in a nearby athletic shoe factory. Lay Hong loves soccer, playing with his friends, and his Cambodian Studies class.
Lay Hong was born with macrodactyly of his right thumb. His thumb is abnormally large due to an overgrowth of the underlying bones and soft tissue. It is difficult for him to use his dominant hand for everyday tasks, including writing in school.
Fortunately, surgery can help this congenital problem. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), has arranged for surgeons to perform a macrodactyly repair procedure on November 2nd. CSC is requesting $444 to fund this procedure. After surgery, his doctors hope that Lay Hong’s hand will have improved function and appearance.
Lay Hong’s mom shared, “I hope my son can use his hand easily and it will be easy for him to go to school and play with his friends.
Lay Hong is a 6-year-old first grader who lives in Takeo province with his single mom. His uncle and other relatives help care for him while...
Lay Hong underwent surgery on his hand.
Lay Hong was very self-conscious about his fingers, and it was hard for him to use his affected hand. Surgeons corrected the width of his affected digits, and replaced the damaged skin with healthy skin. The surgery will control Lay Hong’s hand growth, improve the function of his hand, and help Lay Hong better manage his daily activities. He spent several days in the hospital while surgeons monitored his progress, and then he was able to return home with his mother. He will start rehabilitation as soon as the surgical site has healed, and the surgeons hope to follow up with him as he grows older.
His mother shared, “I am happy that my son will not be teased by other children when he goes back to school, and that he can use his hand more easily.”
Lay Hong was very self-conscious about his fingers, and it was hard for him to use his affected hand. Surgeons corrected the width of his af...