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Success! Chhong from Cambodia raised $696 to fund mobility-restoring shoulder surgery.

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Chhong's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2020.

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December 23, 2020

Chhong underwent mobility-restoring shoulder surgery.

Chhong’s procedure was successful. He will keep his arm in a sling for three weeks, then begin a physiotherapy program to ensure he has a full range of movement of his arm and hand. Once he has fully recovered, Chhong will be able to hold and carry things with his full strength, and perform all of his daily activities easily.

Chhong shared, “I will work hard to move my shoulder and arm again. I am looking forward to having an easy time eating food, changing clothes, and working on my own.”

Chhong's procedure was successful. He will keep his arm in a sling for three weeks, then begin a physiotherapy program to ensure he has a f...

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September 29, 2020

Chhong is a 26-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He’s been married for two years and they have two young daughters. His wife is also a construction worker. In his free time Chhong enjoys playing football, cooking, and growing vegetables.

In April, Chhong was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He first sought treatment at a government hospital but it was unsuccessful. His uncle advised him to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). He 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 use his left arm, and he cannot work.

Fortunately, Chhong traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 29th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again and be free of pain and numbness. Our medical partner is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Chhong said, “I hope I can regain strength and mobility of my arm so I may return to work and support my family.”

Chhong is a 26-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He's been married for two years and they have two young daughters. His wife is al...

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Chhong's Timeline

  • September 29, 2020

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

  • September 29, 2020

    Chhong 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.

  • September 30, 2020

    Chhong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2020

    Chhong's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020

    Chhong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Chhong's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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