On June 17th, the China News Network reported that MCC Hospital Specialist Li Wenjun had successfully conducted a severed finger reattachment operation of extreme difficulty for a Belgian girl at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center Affiliated to Fudan University. The girl has currently recovered and been discharged. The principal of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center explained that the operation could not have succeeded without Specialist Li Wenjun’s technical expertise, and the girl’s parents also said that our Chinese doctors are really great.
At 17:00 on June 1st, when the 5-year-old Belgian girl was playing with her little friends at home, her right index finger was accidentally crushed by a door, causing the last joint of her index finger to be completely severed and the fingernail to be lost. Her family members immediately sent the girl to Jinshan Foreign Nationality Fixed-Point Hospital[A1] to see a doctor, but they were informed that she needed to undergo a finger reattachment operation. They then hurried to the Department of Orthopaedics of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center Affiliated to Fudan University. At 22:00 that night, after consulting a succession of industry experts, the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center came into contact with Hand Surgery Specialist Li Wenjun from the MCC hospital.
At 1:00 in the morning, Specialist Li hurried to Jinshan at top speed and composed an operation team of physicians from the MCC Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedics. At that time, after serious squeezing, the last joint of the girl’s right index finger broke off diagonally, the fracture surface was irregular and there was serious local soft tissue contusion. As Specialist Li Wenjun said, “Breaking off the last joint of a child’s finger is one of the most difficult severed finger reattachment operations, and the time has exceeded the ‘6 golden hours’ in which to conduct the reattachment. The operation has very high difficulty.” However, faced with the girl’s parents’ seeking help, the operation team decided to ‘fight’ in consideration of the facts that the child was young and the loss of her right index finger may have an influence on her life and mentality in the future.
Under a high-magnification microscope, the girl’s blood vessel diameter was less than 0.2 mm. The difficulty of the operation was unimaginable. To face these challenges, the physicians confronted every difficulty. In his craftsmanship, Li Wenjun tactically cooperated with the Hospital’s medical workers. The phalanges were not shortened in the operation as superfine Kirschner wire was used to fix the phalanges in order to avoid influencing growth in future and prevent a stunted knuckle. After fighting bravely for 3 hours, the little girl’s severed finger was restored to its original position and its color turned from pale to rosy. After two weeks, her reattached finger was healthy and the operation was declared a success.
Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center Director Professor Zhu Tongyu said that this successful severed finger attachment case not only filled in the blank of microsurgery in the Department of Orthopaedics but also filled in the hand surgery blank of the reattachment of a child’s severed finger in Jinshan District of Shanghai City. This success could not have been achieved without the generous help of the MCC Hospital’s Specialist Li Wenjun. Most importantly, the Belgian girl’s hand has been restored to its original appearance.