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Success! Rithy from Cambodia raised $444 to fund finger separation surgery so he can use his hand easily.

Rithy
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rithy's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2022.

Photo of Rithy post-operation

January 4, 2023

Rithy underwent finger separation surgery so he can use his hand easily as he grows.

Rithy charmed the staff with his serious demeanor and was able to have successful surgery on his fingers. He spent several days in the hospital for doctors to observe his skin graft for any signs of rejection, and his parents spent time with the physiotherapy team to learn exercises for Rithy’s rehabilitation. This corrective surgery will alleviate many developmental issues and allow him to have tactile experiences and peer acceptance in school when he is older.

Rithy’s mother said, “we are so grateful to the CSC team for taking care of my son. I was so worried he would not be able to carry things with his hand. Thank you for your help to pay for his operation.”

Rithy charmed the staff with his serious demeanor and was able to have successful surgery on his fingers. He spent several days in the hospi...

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July 14, 2022

Rithy is a sweet 18-month-old boy from Cambodia. He has two siblings who are both older than him: one sister and one brother. Rithy loves to play with his toy cars, as well as with his siblings!

Rithy was born with syndactyly of the left hand. This means that his middle and ring fingers are fused together on that hand. Because of his condition, it is difficult for him to use his hand and grasp objects.

Fortunately, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure on July 14th to separate and release the fused fingers. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $444 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will be able to use his hand easily and comfortably.

Rithy’s father says, “I hope he can have good function of his hand after surgery.”

Rithy is a sweet 18-month-old boy from Cambodia. He has two siblings who are both older than him: one sister and one brother. Rithy loves to...

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Rithy's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rithy 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.

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rithy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rithy's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rithy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Syndactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Rithy'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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