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Success! Mithona from Cambodia raised $696 to fund surgery so he can use his left hand again.

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Mithona's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

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December 20, 2021

Mithona underwent surgery so he can use his left hand again.

Mithona traveled three hours to Children’s Surgical Centre to have a nerve transfer for his injury. Children’s Surgical Centre is the only hospital in the country that offers this procedure to help restore arm function. Mithona 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. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Mithona is optimistic that his arm function will return, and he will use his hand normally again. He hopes to have a full life again, as it has been very hard for him to be dependent on others for self-care.

Mithona’s family is so happy that he is able to receive help for his injury. They wish to thank the strangers who donated so that Mithona could have surgery and have hope that he can be independent again.

Mithona traveled three hours to Children's Surgical Centre to have a nerve transfer for his injury. Children's Surgical Centre is the only h...

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November 26, 2021

Mithona is a 27-year-old translator from Cambodia. He lives in Kampot province along with his wife and two sons. Mithona works as a Mandarin/English/Khmer translator and his wife works for an online company. In his spare time, he shared that he likes to play volleyball and listen to Chinese pop songs.

Three months ago, Mithona was in a moto crash that fractured his left humerus. His fracture was repaired at a government hospital, but the surgery resulted in a nerve injury that left him with paralysis of his left hand. 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 no feeling in his hand and cannot grasp anything with his fingers.

Mithona traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 26th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his hand again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Mithona is a 27-year-old translator from Cambodia. He lives in Kampot province along with his wife and two sons. Mithona works as a Mandarin...

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Mithona's Timeline

  • November 26, 2021

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

  • November 26, 2021

    Mithona 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.

  • November 29, 2021

    Mithona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2021

    Mithona's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2021

    Mithona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
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On average, it costs $696 for Mithona's treatment
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​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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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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