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Success! Samrach from Cambodia raised $696 to fund nerve surgery to help him use his arm following a road accident.

Samrach
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Fully funded
Samrach's treatment was fully funded on February 5, 2022.

Photo of Samrach post-operation

March 4, 2022

Samrach underwent nerve surgery to help him use his arm following a road accident.

Samrach had extensive nerve transfer surgery for his brachial plexus injury. Our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre is the only hospital in the country that offers this to help restore arm function. Samrach will rest for several days while his incisions heal, and will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure he has no complications. He will work with the physiotherapy team to slowly increase strength and flexibility as his nerves regenerate. The physiotherapy team will also prepare him for a prosthesis to replace his lower limb. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Samrach is optimistic that he will be able to dress himself and be more independent. He hopes to get back to his normal life again, as it has been very hard for him to be dependent on others for self-care.

Samrach’s wife said: “Our family is so happy that Samrach survived the horrible accident and is able to receive help for his injuries. Please thank the people who donated so that Samrach could have surgery and can be more independent.”

Samrach had extensive nerve transfer surgery for his brachial plexus injury. Our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre is the only hosp...

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January 6, 2022

Samrach is a 27-year-old clothing factory worker. He’s is married with two small children. His daughter is six years old and just starting the first grade, and his son is nine months old. His wife is also a factory worker in their province. He likes to play with his children and listen to music.

Ten months ago, on his way home from the factory, Samrach was in a motorcycle crash. He suffered fractures of the femur, clavicle, forearm, and multiple other injuries. He lost his left leg below the knee due to the trauma injury, and spent three months in a provincial hospital. A local taxi driver told him about the specialty care at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Center (CSC). Doctors have diagnosed him 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 cannot lift his left shoulder, bend his elbow, or use his hand. He feels unwell and shared that he often feels very depressed that he cannot work or support his family.

Samrach traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 6th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to regain the use of his arm so he can find work in the factory again. Our medical partner is requesting $696 to fund this life-changing procedure.

Samrach said: “I hope this surgery will work for me, and I can start working again to have money to feed my children and make sure they go to school.”

Samrach is a 27-year-old clothing factory worker. He's is married with two small children. His daughter is six years old and just starting t...

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Samrach's Timeline

  • January 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samrach was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samrach 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samrach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samrach's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samrach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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