Little Finn Smith faces operation number 17

ONE month after Finn Smith received new "feet", doctors are ready to give him a hand.

The plucky Pacific Paradise toddler returns to the Royal Brisbane Hospital today for surgery on his left hand.

Finn lost parts of his hands and feet in December as a result of complications from meningococcal.

Last month he had carbon-fibre feet fitted, allowing him to stand, walk and one day, run.

His right hand was amputated at the wrist, but doctors removed the tips of the fingers on his left hand and sewed together the second and third finger.

They are hoping they can now fix this.

His mother, Sarah, said doctors were optimistic they could restore his hand so he could open his palm fully and have five digits.

Unfortunately Finn won't be able to have his fingers fully restored.

"They will do reconstruction on his hand to give him full web spaces (between the fingers)," Mrs Smith said.

"They are separating the knuckle where the index finger was from the middle finger.

"They will make it the full thickness with another graft from his groin.

"They will be giving him a finger, but five stumps."

Mrs Smith hopes this will be the last surgery for her heroic toddler, who turns two on October 21.

This will be his fifth surgery in less than a year and his 17th trip to theatre for delicate procedures.

Finn Smith at home in Pacific Paradise, with mum Sarah, is preparing for hand surgery to his left hand. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Finn Smith at home in Pacific Paradise, with mum Sarah, is preparing for hand surgery to his left hand. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Ten days after his birthday, Finn will be the face of the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital for its first ever telethon. All proceeds raised on the October 11 evening will be directed towards the Children's Hospital Foundation, the official charity for the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital which will be the largest children's hospital and research precinct in the southern hemisphere.

Mrs Smith said the family had been happy to help the telethon as it was their way of "giving back".


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