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Success! Tha Norn from Cambodia raised $637 to fund nerve repair surgery.

Tha Norn
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Tha Norn's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2019.

Photo of Tha Norn post-operation

March 20, 2019

Tha Norn underwent nerve repair surgery.

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

He says, “I am so happy that my operation was a success and now I am able to move freely without any pain.”

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

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March 3, 2019

Tha Norn is a 30-year-old musician from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to play the piano, listen to music, and go outside with his friends.

Two years ago, Tha Norn was in a traffic accident that resulted in an injury to his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right 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 work or play his music.

Tha Norn traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 4, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, After surgery, Norn Tha will be able to make use of his entire arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I hope that after surgery, I will be able to go back to work and make money for my family.”

Tha Norn is a 30-year-old musician from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to play the piano, listen to music, and go outside with his fri...

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Tha Norn's Timeline

  • March 3, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tha Norn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 4, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha Norn 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 4, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha Norn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tha Norn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 1, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tha Norn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $637 for Tha Norn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$503
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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Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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