A 9-month-old baby who was born with webbed hands and feet is now recovering after reconstructive surgery to separate his fused digits. The surgery was performed at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas yesterday. The procedure reportedly took about 4 hours in which surgeons separated half of all his fingers and toes. The other half is scheduled to be separated this August.
His mother, Casey Freitas, told KTLA News that he’s recovery very well, “He’s doing really great. He’s sleeping really great and on pain medicine right now, trying to control the pain and he’s sleeping really good.”
Mason was born with Apert Syndrome. According to the National Institute of Health, the syndrome is a genetic disorder, passed down through families. The symptoms include early closure of sutures between bones of the skull, frequent ear infections, fusion severe webbing of the hands (called “mitten hands”) and feet, hearing loss, prominent bulging eyes, misshapen head, short stature and skeletal abnormalities.
Mason had already endured two major facial-cranial surgeries to correct his skull growth. His family says he will likely have to go through dozens of more surgeries before he reaches adulthood.
The family is holding fundraisers throughout their hometown of Galt, Texas, in order to raise money to pay for the surgeries. So far, they have reached $38,000 of their $75,000 goal. If you would like to donate, you can visit their website here.