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Success! Mong from Cambodia raised $541 to fund nerve and tendon procedures so he can walk again.

Mong
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$541
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$0
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Fully funded
Mong's treatment was fully funded on July 12, 2021.

Photo of Mong post-operation

July 19, 2021

Mong underwent nerve and tendon procedures so he can walk again.

Mong will stay at the hospital until surgeons are sure he’s completely healing with no complications. He will soon be able to walk again and sensation will return to his foot as the nerve regenerates over the next several months. Mong hopes to walk again soon and return to work.

Mong shares, “I am so grateful to the team who fixed my leg. I was embarrassed I could not work to support my new bride. Thank you to all the donors who helped me, so I can have a better life and go back to work in the factory.”

Mong will stay at the hospital until surgeons are sure he's completely healing with no complications. He will soon be able to walk again and...

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June 28, 2021

Mong is originally from the Kampong Cham province but moved to the city of Phnon Penh when he got married. Both he and his wife work in a factory nearby.

In May 2021, Mong was unfortunately hurt in a motor vehicle accident that caused trauma on his left leg. After the accident, his family took him to a clinic for wound repair and casting. However, Mong is still experiencing numbness on his left foot and is unable to flex his foot, which is keeping him from walking well. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a nerve and tendon procedure for his leg. CSC is requesting $541 for this procedure.

Mong is optimistic about the treatment, “I am happy that I can have an operation here. My hope is that after surgery I can heal and regain use of my left foot so I can return to work.”

Mong is originally from the Kampong Cham province but moved to the city of Phnon Penh when he got married. Both he and his wife work in a fa...

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Mong's Timeline

  • June 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mong 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.

  • June 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mong's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Mong's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$406
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Kelvin

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92% funded

92%funded
$1,192raised
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