Trivandrum: A four month-old boy was born with a rare disease of having his fingers on the right hand with no extremities. The thump was almost absent. Moreover, the remnants of the fingers were one on top of the other and joined together. With no skin on the hand these fingers were attached to his palm as well. Further still. The wrist was also in a distorted condition. He could not raise his hand on his own or with external aid. On the whole, his right hand was with no form and function. The worries that his parents had been going through is only imaginable, that too when it is the right hand.
In such cases, no matter what the defect is, the treatment has only one goal – to render the hand functional. Because for him functionality is important while for others it is the form. Therefore, the first phase of the surgery to be performed on him was to separate the rudimentary fingers from one another and to create a new thump on his hand. Once this phase was a success, the next stage was to transplant and affix the tendons and ligaments to make the hand functional. Now that this phase was also a success, the kid’s right hand started performing its duties. For the first time, he touched his father’s hand, picked tiny bottles and pen with the other hand and handed it over to the hand that had now regained its functionality. The curiosity with which he was doing all these things along with his intelligence remains testimony to an unprecedented and thumbing success in the annals of modern hand surgery.
The Hand Surgery Department of KIMS, lead by Dr Manoj Haridas has performed this rare surgery.