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Success! Mey from Cambodia raised $392 for nerve and tendon repair surgery.

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

Photo of Mey post-operation

September 12, 2016

Mey underwent surgery to restore her ability to walk.

Mey’s nerve repair surgery was very successful. During the procedure, doctors diverted a neighboring nerve to the back of the knee where they grafted it into place, allowing her to regain control of her lower leg. Although it can take three to six months for full function to be restored after this type of surgery, Mey is already beginning to show signs of improvement after two weeks of physical therapy. Doctors are hopeful that, with time, she will be able to walk easily.

With her leg treated, Mey should soon be able to go back to playing with her friends at school, where she is in first grade. Her grandmother, who accompanied Mey and her mother to the clinic, is very happy to see her granddaughter doing better and will be able to walk again. All three are thankful to the doctors and donors for their support.

Mey’s nerve repair surgery was very successful. During the procedure, doctors diverted a neighboring nerve to the back of the knee where the...

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May 18, 2016

On February 2nd, 2016, Mey and her mom were in a moto accident. This caused a femur fracture and open popliteal wound for Mey. Mey’s mom was 9 months pregnant at the time of the accident. After the accident, Mey and her mom went to the hospital. Mey’s wound was closed without exploration and a nail was put into her femur. Mey’s mom had a C-section to deliver the baby (Mey’s little brother).

Mey is a five-year-old from Cambodia in first grade. She enjoys playing with toys, dolls, and with her friends at school. Mey traveled 2 hours with her mom to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

When Mey arrived at CSC, she had complete palsy below her knee and a popliteal region scar. It is difficult for her to walk. For $392, we can fund the nerve suture and graft Mey needs to regain her strength.

Surgeons will operate on the tibial nerve at popliteal fossa, or colloquially referred to as the kneepit, and perform a nerve suture and graft. After surgery she should regain control of her lower leg and it will be easier for her to walk.

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On February 2nd, 2016, Mey and her mom were in a moto accident. This caused a femur fracture and open popliteal wound for Mey. Mey's mom was...

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Mey's Timeline

  • May 18, 2016

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

  • May 18, 2016

    Mey 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.

  • June 1, 2016

    Mey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016

    Mey's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 12, 2016

    Mey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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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Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents. In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea's left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea 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. Minea's family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC's specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Minea's parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.

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