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Success! Henglin from Cambodia raised $256 to fund a polydactyly repair on his feet.

  • $256 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Henglin's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2021.
May 19, 2021

Henglin is a 15-month-old boy with one older brother who is five years old. Henglin’s father works for a local company, while his mother cares for him and his brother at home. Henglin already enjoys playing with his toys and his brother.

Henglin was born with polydactyly of both feet. This condition causes him to have an extra toe on each foot. As a result, he cannot wear normal shoes and his parents worry about the appearance of their son’s feet.

Fortunately, on May 19th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit on each of Henglin’s feet. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $256 to fund this procedure. After surgery, the extra toe on each foot will be removed and he will be more comfortable walking around and playing as he grows.

Henglin’s parents shared, “We hope the surgery goes well and that our son can grow up normally without problems.”

Henglin is a 15-month-old boy with one older brother who is five years old. Henglin's father works for a local company, while his mother car...

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Henglin's Timeline

  • May 19, 2021

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

  • May 19, 2021

    Henglin was scheduled to receive 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, 2021

    Henglin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 3, 2021

    Henglin's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Henglin's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $256 for Henglin's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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