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Success! Chhanna from Cambodia raised $696 to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm again.

Chhanna
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  • $696 raised, $0 to go
$696
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$0
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Fully funded
Chhanna's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2021.

Photo of Chhanna post-operation

December 31, 2021

Chhanna underwent brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm again.

Chhanna had a smooth operation at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), and has returned home to rest. His broken clavicle has healed and, although it may take up to six months to see full progress, Chhanna is feeling hopeful that the nerve repair surgery will allow him to use his arm to work again.

His wife shared, “We are anxious to see the results of the surgery and want to thank the CSC staff for all that they have done to help my husband. He wants to work again so that our children will be able to afford to go to school when they are older.”

Chhanna had a smooth operation at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and has returned home to rest. His broken clavicle ...

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October 18, 2021

Chhanna is a 29-year-old restaurant employee but recently hasn’t been able to work because of an injury. His wife works a rice farmer and they have a daughter who is three years old and a son who is six months old.

In May 2021, Chhanna got into a car accident where he fractured his clavicle causing paralysis of his right shoulder. After the accident, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure at a local hospital to treat the fracture. However, he is still unable to move his right arm and 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 lift his shoulder and he cannot work.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Chhanna receive treatment. On October 18th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery at CSC’s care center. After recovery, he will be able to use his right arm again. Now, he needs help raising $696 to fund his procedure and care.

Chhanna shared, “I hope I can move my arm easily again so I can get back to work and support my family.”

Chhanna is a 29-year-old restaurant employee but recently hasn't been able to work because of an injury. His wife works a rice farmer and th...

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Chhanna's Timeline

  • October 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhanna 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.

  • October 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhanna's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 31, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhanna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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