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Success! Boti from Cambodia raised $299 to fund surgery to remove an extra thumb on both hands.

Boti
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  • $299 raised, $0 to go
$299
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Boti's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

Photo of Boti post-operation

August 29, 2022

Boti underwent surgery to remove an extra thumb on both hands.

Boti and his family traveled one and a half hours for surgeons to remove the extra digits on his hands. He was very brave despite all the strange masked faces at the hospital and charmed everyone who came into contact with him! He rested for a few days at the hospital to make sure the incisions were healing well, and then the family returned home. His mother will keep his dressings clean and dry, and he will return to have his stitches removed. When his incisions healed, he will be able to learn how to hold objects and fully use his hands. This will be a big help in the future when he starts school.

Boti’s mother said: “We are grateful to the surgeons who did Boti’s surgery at a young age so other children will not make fun of him. Thank you to everyone who helped 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.”

Boti and his family traveled one and a half hours for surgeons to remove the extra digits on his hands. He was very brave despite all the st...

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May 17, 2022

Boti is a 3-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with toys with his friends around the house, drawing pictures, and going to the market with his mother. His favorite meal is fresh milk and porridge.

Boti was born with polydactyly of both hands. This means that he has an extra thumb on both hands. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he can’t hold objects very well.

Fortunately, on May 17th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), our medical partner, will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits. CSC is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will be able to use his hands easily and handle objects like his friends.

His mother said: “I hope the extra thumb on Boti’s hands will be removed safely.”

Boti is a 3-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with toys with his friends around the house, drawing pictures, and going to the market with ...

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Boti's Timeline

  • May 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Boti 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Boti's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Boti's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 29, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Boti's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $299 for Boti's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$201
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 with polydactyly have more than five fingers per hand or five toes per foot.

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

Patients have difficulty using their hands or walking. 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?

The extra digit is removed, and the hand or foot is reconstructed.

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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Shwe is a 24-year-old woman who lives with her family in Burma and enjoys listening to Burmese pop music! Shwe previously worked in a factory, but she had to stop working last December when her health began to deteriorate. Her brother and stepfather both work as agricultural day laborers, and her sister-in-law and mother are both homemakers. The rest of her siblings are all waiting for schools to reopen so they can return to their studies. The schools were closed in February of 2021 following the Mayanmar military coup. About a year and a half ago, Shwe began to experience pain in her chest, as well as fatigue. She initially did not think that her symptoms were serious, but this changed after she fainted at work a few months later. After receiving an echocardiogram, she was diagnosed with mitral valve, aortic valve, and tricuspid valve regurgitation, which are all cardiac conditions that occur when the specified valve does not close properly. As a result, she experiences difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat, a lack of appetite, and trouble sleeping. She also feels very tired when walking longer distances. Shwe now needs cardiac surgery to help alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. However, once the doctor told her and her family the cost of surgery, they left the hospital because they could not pay for Shwe's needed procedure. Fortunately, they happened to meet a taxi driver who kindly told them about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). BCMF is now helping Shwe undergo cardiac surgery on August 12th at Pun Hlaing Hospital. Shwe and her family need your support to fund this $1,500 procedure. Shwe says, “When I recover fully, I will go back to work and work hard. I will save my money and support my family.”

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$958raised
$542to go

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