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.”