The extra tendons were carefully re-attached to pull the remaining toe closer to the others, and the extra growth plate was removed. The surgery went well, and Alejandro will return to see local Dr. Cornejo next week for a follow up.
Alejandro came to us with polydactyly (having too many toes) on both feet. While having six toes doesn’t interfere with walking or balance, it makes it difficult to run around and wear shoes. Drs. Gary Fudem and Mario Cornejo worked together on Alejandro to remove his extra toes
Each child is thoroughly examined by volunteer pediatrician Dr. Joe Herbert immediately prior to surgery to ensure that they are healthy and it is safe to put them under general anesthesia. Having this procedure at such a young age will make a big difference in Carlos’ speech when he learns to talk.
Ronald McDonald House Charities has generously sponsored this Interplast surgical team trip, and it is because of their vision that children like Carlos will go on to lead normal, happy lives.
Interplast trips would not be possible without the professional care and treatment provided by the volunteer nurses. Jodi Clements is an operating room nurse from Ottawa, Canada, and this is her eigth Interplast trip. Tina Cerruti is a recovery room nurse from Sacramento, California, and this is her seventh Interplast trip. These nurses are so dedicated many of them do a trip every year in lieu of vacation. They get addicted! And who could blame them?