Surgeons toil for brave little Finn

BRAVE YOUNG MAN: Young Finn plays in the front yard. Finn is having surgery on his hand.
BRAVE YOUNG MAN: Young Finn plays in the front yard. Finn is having surgery on his hand. Warren Lynam

LITTLE Finn Smith could recover full use of one of his hands after successfully undergoing surgery in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The surgery was the first step in a series of procedures aimed to help the Sunshine Coast toddler gain full control over his remaining hand.

The 21-month-old lost his right hand at the wrist, his left leg below the knee and his right foot last December after a life-and-death battle with meningococcal.

He kept three fingers and the thumb on his left hand but scarring from the surgery prohibited the growth on his fingers and left his hand permanently cupped.

Surgeons did a skin graft to loosen the skin, which should eventually make it easier for Finn to grasp objects and fully use his hand.

"It's going to give him full use so he can do the little things we take for granted," his mother, Sarah, said.

"Before he couldn't get food to his mouth because he couldn't get a grip on the spoon, so it will mean he can do little things like that and grip pencils better."

He will return to Royal Brisbane Hospital next week to see if the graft was successful.

If the work is successful he will continue to have surgeries on the hand.

He will also get prosthetic feet in the next three weeks.

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