Ishman is an active, healthy 5-year-old boy, but until this week he never knew free finger-motion. He had a common congenital finger-malformation, which 1 child in every 2,000-3,000 experience. Syndactyly occurs pre-birth. When Ishman was a small embryo, in his sixth to eighth week of development his fingers failed to separate into individual appendages. The soft-tissue of his long finger and ring finger remained adjoined, and the bones of his fingertips were fused. But thanks to MCH, all that is now changed!
Dr. Steve Kelley with his surgical team released the syndactyly, skin and bones; then they grafted skin onto the fingers. Pencil-lead-thin pins kept those fingers straightened until his skin grafts healed. The pins have been removed now, and we’re all delighted to see little Ishman. He’s learning finger-exercises with MCH’s physical therapists; he practices those exercises at home with his mother and comes in for regular check-ups. We clap appreciation for the partnerships of our hospital’s various departments – surgery, orthopedics, physical therapy, and social work. They’re meeting our patients’ various needs.
As we pray for Ishman, so we pray for our medical team: “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.”