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Success! Pha from Cambodia raised $497 to fund arm surgery.

Pha
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pha's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2019.

Photo of Pha post-operation

March 1, 2019

Pha underwent arm surgery.

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

His mother says, “I am very happy that my son’s surgery was successful so he can go back to his normal daily activities without any issues.”

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

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February 13, 2019

Danai is a boy from Cambodia. He has not yet started school, and in his free time he really enjoys playing with toys and watching the television. He is six years old and was born with a condition that causes his arm to grow abnormally.

Fortunately, Danai will undergo a nerve and tendon procedure on February 13 to repair the condition. Danai traveled four hours for his surgery in hopes that it will allow him to be able to participate in daily activities, such as playing with his two other siblings and taking care of himself. His family needs help raising $497 to fund this procedure.

His mother says, “I hope that after my son’s surgery, he will be able to feed himself, take care of himself, help around the house, and participate in normal activities.”

Danai is a boy from Cambodia. He has not yet started school, and in his free time he really enjoys playing with toys and watching the televi...

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Pha's Timeline

  • February 13, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pha 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.

  • February 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Pha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
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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