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Please do what you can to help my little girl have a chance to have hand surgery.
Matthew Smith
Korea, Republic of
1 Team Member

If you're reading this, you're already in my debt.

My name is Matthew and I am the proud father of two wonderful little girls. I'm an English teacher in Korea but I'm originally from a small town in Texas. I came here with my wife so my girls could have fond memories of their mother's home country.

My second daughter Sophie was born last year with a birth defect called syndactylism, a condition that requires corrective surgery. The thumb and index finger of her left hand are fused together at the bone.

We are going to a good hospital (Seoul National University Hospital) to have the surgery. After some tests, the doctors decided to separate the two fingers. From there, we have two options.

1) She will either gain range of motion after the surgery or

2) They will remove her thumb altogether and move her index finger around to make it her new thumb, giving her four fingers on her left hand.

How you can help

We have having the first surgery on April 10. Frankly, I have absolutely no way of paying for it. I'm working two jobs to help pay but insurance won't cover the operation because they deem it a "pre-existing condition". She was born this way.

I love my girls. I don't see her hand as a "problem" needing to be fixed, but I do want to give her the chance to have some chance of normalcy. She deserves that much.

Why I am asking

I don't know you. Maybe you're a parent, too. But let me try to explain why I'm here.

I feel ashamed that I can't pay for this surgery. I feel like a failure as a dad. The first operation will cost several thousand dollars. All I'm asking is to help in any way you can. This little girl is all smiles and has no idea that we're living month to month as it is.


I want to do is give her a glimmer of hope. To tell her that everything will be okay, even if it won't.

Please help in any way you can. Even a single dollar will help. God bless you from the bottom of my heart.

Sophie's hand


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    If you give from your heart, you will get a genuine thank you from a guy who just wants to do right by his kids. I'd love to send you an email update if things go well.

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