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Success! Hy from Cambodia raised $696 to fund nerve and tendon procedures to regain arm mobility.

Hy
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Hy's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2021.

Photo of Hy post-operation

August 26, 2021

Hy underwent nerve and tendon procedures to regain arm mobility.

On July 30th, Hy traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) with his wife to have complex surgery to repair the injured nerves in his shoulder and arm. He will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure he has no complications and will work with the physiotherapy team to slowly increase strength and flexibility as his nerves regenerate. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Hy is optimistic that his arm function will return, and his pain will be less. He hopes to soon return to work and have a more full, active life again.

Hy’s wife said, “Thank you to the CSC staff for trying your best to help my husband. His life will be better and he will be able to return to work to take care of our family.”

On July 30th, Hy traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Center (CSC) with his wife to have complex surgery to repair the injure...

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July 30, 2021

Hy is a 38-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has been married for 9 years and has 2 young sons. His wife worked in a factory but now stays at home to look after Hy.

One year ago, Hy was in a motor vehicle accident that left him with fractures that caused paralysis of his left arm. He was brought to a government hospital for treatment, but his arm still did not recover sensation or feeling after weeks of treatment.

Hy 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. He is unable to lift his arm, is in chronic pain, and can’t work

Fortunately, Hy traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 30th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery so that he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

He hopes that he can use his arm as soon as possible and can return to work to support his family.

Hy is a 38-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has been married for 9 years and has 2 young sons. His wife worked in a factory but now stay...

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Hy's Timeline

  • July 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hy 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.

  • July 31, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hy's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Hy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$561
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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