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Phannaroth is a toddler from Cambodia who needs $398 to fund syndactyly hand surgery.

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February 23, 2020

Phannaroth is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child and, when he is at home, he enjoys playing with his toys, watching cartoons on television, and going for walks with his family in the evening time.

Phannaroth was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that his thumb on his left hand and his four fingers (excluding his thumb) on his right hand are fused together. He is unable to pick things up, and it is difficult for him to move on the ground.

Fortunately, on February 24th, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release the fused digits. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will feel more comfortable after treatment and he will be able to use both of his hands normally again.

“I will feel so much happier once my son can receive treatment for his condition and I am so thankful that the doctors are able to treat him.” -Phannaroth’s Mother

Phannaroth is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child and, when he is at home, he enjoys playing with his toys, watching carto...

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Phannaroth's Timeline

  • February 23, 2020

    Phannaroth was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 24, 2020

    Phannaroth received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • February 24, 2020

    Phannaroth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

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


    Phannaroth is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Syndactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Phannaroth'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 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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