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Success! Long from Cambodia raised $450 to fund nerve repair surgery.

Long
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  • $450 raised, $0 to go
$450
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Long's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2016.

Photo of Long post-operation

January 24, 2017

Long underwent successful nerve repair surgery.

Long’s nerve transfer went very well. A nerve from Long’s right leg was removed and transferred to connect nerves in his neck and right arm. He had physiotherapy for about ten days before going home. His wound has healed, and he experiences no pain. The functionality of Long’s arm has improved.

Long says, “I am happy to be able to go back home and work again to support my family.”

Long's nerve transfer went very well. A nerve from Long's right leg was removed and transferred to connect nerves in his neck and right arm....

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October 31, 2016

Long is a 31-year-old security guard with one son and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to watch TV and read magazines.

In June, Long was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He was diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury, meaning that the nerves connecting his spine to his arm were damaged. After visiting a Khmer traditional healer, his symptoms did not improve. Long was in pain, and he could not use his right arm.

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Long traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. On November 1, surgeons performed a nerve transfer surgery in his right arm. After recovery, he should be able to use his arm easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $450 procedure.

Long is a 31-year-old security guard with one son and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to watch TV and read magazines. In June, L...

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Long's Timeline

  • October 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Long was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 01, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Long received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Long's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Long's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Long's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Long's treatment
Hospital Fees
$105
Medical Staff
$345
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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