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Success! Srey Yen from Cambodia raised $637 to fund repair surgery.

Srey Yen
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Srey Yen's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Srey Yen post-operation

May 28, 2019

Srey Yen underwent repair surgery.

Srey Yen’s surgery went well and she’s doing light physiotherapy as she begins the long recovery process. Srey Yen will need to work hard over the next six months to rebuild muscle in her arm, which will allow her to regain function. Srey Yen hopes to return to her family and work in the factory as soon as she can.

Srey Yen's surgery went well and she's doing light physiotherapy as she begins the long recovery process. Srey Yen will need to work hard ov...

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May 8, 2019

Srey Yen is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, watch the television, and help her family around the house.

In January 2019, Srey Yen was in a motorcycle accident, fracturing her left wrist and injuring her shoulder when she fell on the ground after colliding with an incoming car. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her 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. She cannot move her shoulder or bend her elbow, and often experiences pain in her left arm.

Srey Yen traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Surgery will help her to regain full movement in her arm without any pain or difficulty. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to move my arm and hand and can go back to work.”

Srey Yen is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, watch the television, and help her famil...

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Srey Yen's Timeline

  • May 8, 2019

    Srey Yen was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 08, 2019

    Srey Yen received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • May 08, 2019

    Srey Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 28, 2019

    Srey Yen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019

    Srey Yen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $637 for Srey Yen'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.

  • 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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