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Success! Kakrona from Cambodia raised $696 to fund shoulder surgery so he can use his left arm again.

Kakrona
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Kakrona's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2021.
December 16, 2021

Kakrona underwent shoulder surgery so he can use his left arm again.

Kakrona had a complex nerve transfer surgery with the hope that this treatment can provide him with more mobility of his arm. His injury was more than two years old, but he is hopeful that he can regain some strength and he can use his left hand to feed and dress himself. Surgeons look forward to seeing him over the next several months to check on his progress and support strengthening with physiotherapy exercises.

Kakrona said: “I’m grateful to the CSC staff for trying to fix my arm. I would like to return to work again and help to support my family. Thank you to all who helped me to have this surgery.”

Kakrona had a complex nerve transfer surgery with the hope that this treatment can provide him with more mobility of his arm. His injury was...

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November 1, 2021

Kakrona is a 22-year-old air conditioner repairman. He’s the middle child in his family, with a brother who is 29 and in the military and a sister who is 16 and in the 9th grade. Kakrona’s parents are farmers.

In December 2019 Kakrona was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left shoulder and arm. 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 lift his arm and he has not been able to work much since his accident.

Kakrona finally traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 1st, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Kakrona says, “I hope after surgery my left shoulder heals and I can work well again.”

Kakrona is a 22-year-old air conditioner repairman. He's the middle child in his family, with a brother who is 29 and in the military and a ...

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Kakrona's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakrona 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.

  • November 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakrona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakrona's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakrona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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

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