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Success! Sokea from Cambodia raised $497 to fund nerve repair surgery.

Sokea
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokea's treatment was fully funded on August 28, 2019.

Photo of Sokea post-operation

August 9, 2019

Sokea underwent nerve repair surgery.

Sokea’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her foot and ankle. Surgery will allow her to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and return to school without pain.

Sokea's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her foot and ankle. Sur...

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July 8, 2019

Sokea is a twelve-year-old girl from Cambodia. She was born with a congenital deformation of her left foot. She is unable to properly extend and move her foot or walk normally.

Surgery will help to lengthen the Achilles tendon, allowing for further range of motion and congruent length of both her legs. She will also be able to walk and move her leg and foot without any difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for July 9 and will cost $497.

Sokea is the youngest of five children, and she hopes to become a doctor when she gets older.

Sokea is a twelve-year-old girl from Cambodia. She was born with a congenital deformation of her left foot. She is unable to properly extend...

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Sokea's Timeline

  • July 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 09, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokea 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.

  • July 09, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 28, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Sokea'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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