Pandurang Dnyaneshwar Jadhav
Village: Nahuli Sex: Male Age: 5 Disability: Syndactylies on both hands and feet Admitted January 21, 2016; Surgery on January 22, 2016; Discharged January 24, 2016 Pandurang Jadhav is 5-years old and is from the village Nahuli, one of CRHP’s project villages 18 km away from Jamkhed. He is the youngest of three siblings; he has an older sister and brother. Pandurang was born with syndactylies of the digits on both his hands and both his feet, binding fingers and toes together that were meant to be separate. Local superstitions had his parents believe that his mother cutting vegetables during an eclipse was the cause of his birth defects. His parents are farmers, and they could not afford the procedures at the private hospitals. Public hospitals had the surgical procedures, but they did not know if they would do it properly. They heard about CRHP’s surgical camp and decided to bring Pandurang to see if he was eligible for a free procedure. Now, after the first surgical camp at CRHP, Pandurang’s left hand finger was separated into two, to match the two fingers he has on his right hand. While his other three extremities were not operated on, he will experience better utility and is already learning how to make use of his second left finger. The hope is that in subsequent camps at CRHP, we will be able to give him better function of his other hand and feet.