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Success! Sambath from Cambodia raised $637 to fund nerve repair surgery.

Sambath
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  • $637 raised, $0 to go
$637
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sambath's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Sambath post-operation

August 14, 2018

Sambath underwent nerve repair surgery.

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

His mother says, “I am happy my son has regained sensation in his arm and hope he can build up strength again.”

Sambath's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Sambath will need to work hard over t...

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August 8, 2018

Sambath is a factory worker from Cambodia. He has a brother and three sisters. He likes to help his mother with her work in his free time.

Eight months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. 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 is unable to move his left arm and has no sensation in his arm.

Sambath traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 9, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again and return to work.. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I hope after the operation I can return to work and use my arm easily without pain.”

Sambath is a factory worker from Cambodia. He has a brother and three sisters. He likes to help his mother with her work in his free time. ...

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Sambath's Timeline

  • August 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 09, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sambath 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.

  • August 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sambath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 14, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sambath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sambath's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $637 for Sambath's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$503
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?

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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