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Success! Samrith from Cambodia raised $696 to fund a brachial plexus repair surgery.

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Samrith's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2021.

Photo of Samrith post-operation

February 22, 2021

Samrith underwent a brachial plexus repair surgery.

Samrith underwent a complex nerve transfer surgical procedure, performed by surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre. The surgeons transplanted part of the phrenic nerve from the side of his neck to his biceps to restore nerve sensation and mobility to his right arm. Immediately after the surgery, Samrtih did very well, and his arm was kept in a sling which allowed his nerves to heal. The complete re-growth of his nerves will take a few months. Soon, he will begin physiotherapy to help rebuild his muscle strength.

Samrith is optimistic that he will continue to get better. “I hope I can use my hand to regain my movement and be stronger again,” saya Samrith, “so I can return to work and continue with my studies.”

Samrith underwent a complex nerve transfer surgical procedure, performed by surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre. The ...

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November 12, 2020

Samrith is a 27-year-old delivery man from Cambodia. He is the eldest ins his family and has two brothers and one sister, all of whom are students. Samrith’s mother works as a clothing seller and his father is a taxi driver. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing on his phone, and meeting up with friends in the evening.

On September 23rd, Samrith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture and paralysis of his right arm. His family took him to a private clinic to treat the fracture, which has now healed. However, the nerve damage remains. Samrith has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right 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 has no sensation or mobility in his right arm, which prevents him from working.

Samrith traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 12th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will regain full range of motion of his arm. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Samrith shared, “I hope after my surgery I am able to use my right arm again and return to working without pain.”

Samrith is a 27-year-old delivery man from Cambodia. He is the eldest ins his family and has two brothers and one sister, all of whom are st...

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Samrith's Timeline

  • November 12, 2020

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

  • November 12, 2020

    Samrith 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.

  • November 14, 2020

    Samrith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2021

    Samrith's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021

    Samrith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Samrith's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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