Michelle Kiang
Michelle's Story

Michelle joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michelle's most recent donation supported Oudom, a child from Cambodia, to fund a tonsillectomy.


Michelle has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Michelle

26-year-old Makara was hit by a car while he was driving his moto in Thailand last August. "This caused a brachial plexus injury of his left arm," reports our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Since then, this factory worker and father from Cambodia has had limited sensation and mobility of that arm and hand. "After the accident, he was not admitted to a hospital because he could walk fine," CSC continues to explain. Instead Makara received traditional Khmer medicine back home, but this was ineffective and he continued to experience pain and a lack of mobility in his left arm. Eventually Makara went to a hospital where doctors told him he needed surgery to repair the damage to his nerves. Because the damage was so extensive, "he has no sensation below the deltoid area of his left arm and no mobility in his fingers," says CSC. Makara is very worried about how this injury will affect his wife and daughter. "I can't hold stuff with my left arm or go to work to support my family," he expresses to us. His grandmother had surgery at CSC in the past, so Makara traveled four hours with his brother to reach CSC for proper treatment. For $392, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve and tendon repair that will improve the function of Makara's left arm. CSC explains, "a nerve will be diverted and sewn into the current non-functioning nerve, and after a few months of healing his arm will regain functional abilities and sensations." Makara will also receive physical therapy sessions over the next several months to help him regain his arm's abilities. Then he will be able to return home to work and take care of his family. "I hope after the operation my arm will have good function again," Makara shares with us.

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