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Success! Seyha from Cambodia raised $497 to fund hand surgery.

Seyha
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seyha's treatment was fully funded on January 31, 2020.

Photo of Seyha post-operation

October 14, 2019

Seyha underwent hand surgery.

Seyha’s surgery went well and he’s doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Seyha will need to work hard over the next six months to rebuild muscle in his arm, which will allow him to regain function. Seyha hopes to return to his work and play soccer as soon as he can.

Seyha said,”I am so happy with the outcome of my operation and that I can move my hand again without any pain.”

Seyha's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Seyha will need to work hard over the n...

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September 5, 2019

In June 2019, Seyha suffered injuries to his left hand after improperly handling a knife. His wound has since healed, but he often feel numbness in his hand and cannot flex two of his fingers. Surgery will reconstruct and repair the damaged nerves and tendons, allowing Seyha to fully flex his fingers and regain feeling in his hand. He enjoys playing soccer and listening to music, and is looking forward to returning to his work and home so he can take care of his two daughters.

In June 2019, Seyha suffered injuries to his left hand after improperly handling a knife. His wound has since healed, but he often feel numb...

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Seyha's Timeline

  • September 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 06, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seyha 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.

  • September 09, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seyha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seyha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seyha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Seyha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
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?

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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