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Success! Kimleng from Cambodia raised $497 to fund repair surgery.

Kimleng
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kimleng's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2019.

Photo of Kimleng post-operation

August 9, 2019

Kimleng underwent repair surgery.

Kimleng’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hand and fingers. Surgery will allow Kimleng to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to work and go about his daily life with ease.

Kimleng's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hand and fingers. ...

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August 2, 2019

Kimleng is a man from Cambodia. In his free time, Kimleng enjoys reading books, exercising, and hanging out with his friends.

In June 2019, Kimleng was involved in a motor vehicle accident, injuring his right hand. His hand has since healed, but tissue in his finger has caused the tendon to thicken, limiting the movement in his finger. Surgery will help to release the affected tendon, allowing Kimleng to extend and move his finger normally.

Surgery is scheduled for August 2 and will cost $497.

Kimleng is a man from Cambodia. In his free time, Kimleng enjoys reading books, exercising, and hanging out with his friends. In June 201...

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Kimleng's Timeline

  • August 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kimleng 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.

  • August 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kimleng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kimleng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kimleng'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 Kimleng'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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