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Josefa's her small left hand just after birth. She was born with the thumb and with the ring finger attached to the little finger. She also has a crossed bone in a horizontal way which makes the hand more open than normal. The thumb is slightly bent toward the inside and will be straightened out with surgery in the future.

(June 14, 1997).

The first surgery to this hand (Feb 27th, 1998), was to separate the fingers that were joined. There also implanted skin from her right groin area, and the bone that was crossed was now removed and divided into two to be used as knuckles manoplasties of the future middle and index fingers.

(April 14th, 1998).

This picture was taken just after the surgery was carried out to insert the device (D.A.M.), and to begin the lengthening process.

(September 7th, 2000).

Couple days after the surgery, with the bandages still covering the device D.A.M. (Distraction Augmentation Manoplasty).

(September 12th, 2000).

Now without the bandages and the hand is ready to begin the lengthening process. The wounds will go on being treated with the daily soakings that are carried out with the special antiseptic soap.

(September 15th, 2000).

Another angle of the previous picture.

(September 15th, 2000).

Image of the hand with the device attached and after several days of the lengthening process.

(September 30th, 2000).

In this image you can see and appreciate that the new fingers are coming.

(October 23th, 2000).

Couple days previous to the surgery which will remove the device. Ihis operation was carried out by November 30th, 2000.

(November 20th, 2000).

The middle and index fingers have already been formed and while waiting for separation during the next surgery, which is scheduled for July 11th, 2001.

(February 23th, 2001).

This picture was taken just after the surgery was carried out to get the separation between the middle and index fingers.

(July 11th, 2001).

So here is the hand at this time. The middle and index fingers have already been separated and while waiting for another separation between ring and middle finger during the next surgery, which is scheduled for monday, December 24th, 2001.

(September 6th, 2001).






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