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Success! Sorann from Cambodia raised $696 to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm.

Sorann
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$696
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Fully funded
Sorann's treatment was fully funded on May 29, 2021.

Photo of Sorann post-operation

June 15, 2021

Sorann underwent brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm.

Sorann successfully underwent a complex surgery at our medical partner CSC to repair his injured shoulder nerves. He stayed in the hospital for several days, working closely with the physiotherapy team to improve flexion and increase muscle strength as the nerve transfer slowly heals. A full recovery may take up to 6 months, but Sorann is hopeful that he will regain full use of his arm soon. Sorann looks forward to returning to work so he can support his growing family.

His mother expressed, “We are so thankful to the donors to have this treatment for my son. His life will change for the better and he will be able to ride his motorcycle and work again.”

Sorann successfully underwent a complex surgery at our medical partner CSC to repair his injured shoulder nerves. He stayed in the hospital ...

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May 12, 2021

Sorann is a 28-year-old sugar seller who lives in a rural province with his family. Sorann has one older brother and four older sisters. Last year Sorann got married, and his wife is five months pregnant. He travels around his village by motorcycle to sell sugar. In his free time Sorann enjoys playing football, listening to the radio, and watching Khmer boxing on TV.

In January, Sorann was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his hand and he cannot work.

Sorann traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his left arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sorann said, “I hope surgery goes well so I can get back to using my hand as soon as possible.”

Sorann is a 28-year-old sugar seller who lives in a rural province with his family. Sorann has one older brother and four older sisters. Las...

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Sorann's Timeline

  • May 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sorann was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sorann received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • May 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sorann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sorann's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sorann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sorann's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$561
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms of brachial plexus injury (BPI) vary on the severity and location of the injury, but include muscle weakness, loss of sensation, pain, and paralysis. BPI can cause neuropathic pain with damage to the spinal cord and can be long-lasting, with effects such as burning numbness.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The impact of a brachial plexus injury can range in severity; some patients may experience weakness or great pain, others may be paralyzed in their shoulder and upper arm. This can make day-to-day tasks difficult and impair quality of life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Motorcycle collisions are the most common cause of brachial plexus injury, and are, unfortunately, an exceedingly common occurrence in Cambodia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for brachial plexus injury can involve nerve repair, nerve grafting, nerve transfer, or tendon and muscle transfers depending on the location and type of injury, and the amount of time since the injury occurred. A nerve repair involves reattaching a severed nerve; nerve graft is a procedure that takes a healthy nerve from another part of the body and transplants it to the injured nerve to guide regrowth; a nerve transfer is a procedure that cuts a donor nerve and connects it to the injured nerve when there is no functioning nerve stump to attach a graft. Nerve regeneration occurs approximately at a rate of 1 mm/day, and so recovery from a brachial plexus injury can take months for small improvements. Physical therapy during this time is important to prevent stiffness, contractures, or atrophy and increase the chances of regaining good movement in the affected limb.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

While BPI surgery may not restore full movement to a patient, it can greatly increase the patient’s ability to use the affected limb and reduce the pain of the injury.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

BPI surgery is complicated and risks include infection as well as failure to restore movement, which would require further surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Surgery to treat brachial plexus injury can be very complex and not widely performed. Surgical treatment in Cambodia can be expensive and hard to access. Patients will travel for hours by car, motocycle, and bus to receive free surgery at CSC.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Brachial plexus injury can have a range of severity; some patients may be able to be treated by splinting or physical therapy, but serious cases require surgical intervention. These types of injuries do not have alternatives to improving movement and functionality.

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