This beautiful 9-year-old was born with an extra thumb (polydactyly, which makes it difficult for her to write. She also always hides her hand, as children in school tease her. The surgeons will operate to remove the extra digit.
Cusco, Peru - 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.
Cusco, Peru - 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
We have already performed about 40 procedures on 31 patients in 3 days. We have seen a wide range of cases, including: cleft palates and lips, eyelid ptosis (where the eyelid muscle does not function and the eye remains partially or entirely closed), some terrible arm, facial and groin burns, a tongue hemangioma where the girl's tongue was several times the normal size, and hand and foot polydactyly (extra fingers and toes) and syndactyly (webbed fingers or toes). It has been amazing for us translator/coordinators, without much medical experience, to be able to work in the OR and witness the incredible work of the surgeons, Drs. Khundkar and Nolan.