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Success! Thet from Cambodia raised $392 to treat severe nerve damage.

Thet
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Thet's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Thet post-operation

July 27, 2016

Thet received life-changing surgery to treat severe nerve damage.

Thet is recovering from surgery very well. During the procedure, surgeons diverted a neighboring nerve and sewed it onto the non-functioning one. She had two weeks of physiotherapy before going home. Though it can take three to six months before full function can be restored, doctors are very hopeful that Thet will have complete mobility of her arm.

Now that she is on the road to recovery, Thet is eager to go home and return to work. Both she and her mother, who accompanied her to the clinic, are grateful to all those who helped her have this restorative surgery.

Thet is recovering from surgery very well. During the procedure, surgeons diverted a neighboring nerve and sewed it onto the non-functioning...

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May 9, 2016

Thet is a 25-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has three brothers and two sisters, and enjoys helping her mom do work around the home.

In November, Thet was driving her moto when a truck almost hit her head on, causing her to lose balance and fall to the ground. She lost consciousness for one hour and had a forearm fracture plated at a nearby hospital.

The accident caused a brachial plexus injury (BPI) on Thet’s left side. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulders, arms, and hands. Thet currently does not have any movement of her biceps, triceps, or hands. The upper arm has normal sensation, but her left forearm has none. Her left hand has only tingling sensation.

Thet and her mom traveled four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. A BPI surgery will involve diverting a nerve from one destination and sewing it into the non-functioning nerve. It can take three-to-six months before full recovery of function is typically seen.

“I hope I can use my hand again after surgery,” shares Thet. “When I am healed, I will go home and continue working in the factory.”

Thet is a 25-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has three brothers and two sisters, and enjoys helping her mom do work around the ho...

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Thet's Timeline

  • May 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thet was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 10, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thet 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 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thet's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A number of nerve and tendon procedures are performed at Children's Surgical Centre. These are typically performed because a nerve is no longer fully functional. Reasons for this limited functionality can include lacerations, blunt trauma, burns, and tumors. Sometimes, spinal nerves are compressed due to herniated discs, bone spurs, and tumors.

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

The patient cannot work or drive a motorbike, the most common form of transportation in Cambodia.

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

Traffic accidents, common in Cambodia, are the most typical cause of a brachial plexus injury (BPI), or damage to a network of nerves on the neck and shoulders. The inability to use a limb is debilitating for patients, whose livelihoods involve physical activity. They are often farmers, factory workers, or drivers.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When a nerve no longer functions, the muscle that it innervates no longer functions. Surgeons either repair that nerve or use a nerve from somewhere else in the body to act as a graft. In some cases, a nerve can be redirected from a less important muscle and grafted into a more critical nerve. During a BPI surgery, surgeons divert a nerve from one destination and sew it into the non-functioning nerve. It can take three to six months before a patient fully recovers from this operation.

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

The patient will regain function in his or her arm. The patient can drive a motorbike and go back to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective. The nerve is already damaged, so there is no risk of causing more harm. The surgery can only improve function.

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

This surgery is not available to most Cambodians. Patients travel up to twelve hours to visit Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). They learn about CSC from the radio, a neighbor, or a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments to regain limb functionality.

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