Limited 2x MATCH opportunity: Become a or increase your today!
Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Thavy from Cambodia raised $696 to fund nerve-repair surgery so she can use her left hand again.

Thavy
100%
  • $696 raised, $0 to go
$696
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thavy's treatment was fully funded on June 22, 2021.

Photo of Thavy post-operation

April 8, 2021

Thavy underwent nerve-repair surgery so she can use her left hand again.

Thavy had a complex nerve transfer surgery at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She recovered for several days at CSC to make sure the surgical site healed and she started working with the physiotherapy team to regain the function of her left arm. This important surgery and rehabilitation will help Thavy regain the use of her arm, decrease her pain, and assist her to return to daily activities.

Thavy shared, “I am so happy that the pain and numbness will go away, and I can start to use my hand. Thank you all all the donors who helped me, it means alot.”

Thavy had a complex nerve transfer surgery at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She recovered for several days at CSC to...

Read more
March 11, 2021

Thavy is a 62-year-old woman with a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Thavy enjoys listening to the radio, reading dharma, visiting the pagoda, and taking care of her grandchildren.

In May 2019, Thavy fell and fractured her left elbow. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand, and injuries to this network can result in loss of function and sensation. She was taken to a clinic where the fracture was healed but she still experiences numbness, pain, muscle atrophy, and lack of mobility of her left hand.

Surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, will perform a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will able to freely use her left arm and hand again.

Thavy shared, “I hope I can start to use my left hand again without numbness or pain.”

Thavy is a 62-year-old woman with a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Thavy enjoys listening to the radio, reading dharma, visiting ...

Read more

Thavy's Timeline

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thavy 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.

  • March 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thavy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thavy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thavy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Thavy'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.