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Success! Sokni from Cambodia raised $637 to fund nerve surgery to regain arm movement.

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Sokni's treatment was fully funded on February 25, 2020.

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October 23, 2019

Sokni underwent nerve surgery to regain arm movement.

Sokni’s surgery went well and he’s doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Sokni will need to work hard over the next six months to rebuild muscle in his arm, which will allow him to regain function. Sokni hopes to return to playing soccer with his friends as soon as he can.

Sokni said, “I am so happy that my shoulder and hands no longer hurt and I am able to move them again.”

Sokni's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Sokni will need to work hard over the n...

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October 4, 2019

Sokni is a 19-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He has seven other brothers and sisters, and enjoys playing soccer and going for walks with his friends around the village.

In July 2019, Sokni was in a motorcycle accident where he injured his left shoulder. 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 has lost sensation in his elbow, has pain every day, and cannot move his arm without difficulty.

Sokni traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 04, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Surgery will allow Sokni to be able to use his arm again and no longer have any pain.. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure.

Sokni said, “I hope that after surgery, I will not have any more pain or difficulty moving my arm and I can return to my work at the tire factory.”

Sokni is a 19-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He has seven other brothers and sisters, and enjoys playing soccer and going for walks ...

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Sokni's Timeline

  • October 4, 2019

    Sokni was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 4, 2019

    Sokni 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 10, 2019

    Sokni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 23, 2019

    Sokni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 25, 2020

    Sokni's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $637 for Sokni's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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.

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  • 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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