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Devid is an active 18-year-old from Cambodia who needs $991 to fund a muscle transfer procedure so he can regain mobility in his arm.

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August 15, 2022

Devid is an active 18-year-old from Cambodia who is in 12th grade. He lives with both his mother, who works as a tailor, and his grandmother in Cambodia. During his free time, he enjoys learning more about fitness via the internet, as well as exercising with friends. He shares that his best subject in school is Khmer literature, and he aspires to become a teacher in the future.

At the end of 2019, Devid was in a motorcycle accident that caused injuries to his right arm. Although he had his wounds treated after the accident, both his right shoulder and elbow currently have no movement, and he has no wrist flexion or extension. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center can help. They will perform a functional free muscle transfer gracilis of his right arm so he can regain movement.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $991 to fund Devid’s repair surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to restore mobility and continue his daily activities with less difficulty.

Devid says, “I am grateful that I can return to school and regain my strength after this surgery.”

Devid is an active 18-year-old from Cambodia who is in 12th grade. He lives with both his mother, who works as a tailor, and his grandmother...

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Devid's Timeline

  • August 15, 2022

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

  • August 15, 2022

    Devid was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 15, 2022

    Devid's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Devid is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Devid's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Free flap surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $991 for Devid's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients often need this reconstruction technique following the removal of tumors or larger growths that resulted in prominent defects. This may include a skin defect due to an injury or a defect in the bone due to a non-union fracture or tumor.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients are functionally disabled, and risk infection or death without correction of these defects. When the defects are repaired, patients are able to return to a better function and higher quality of life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

For Cambodians, serious disabilities - whether from poverty or lack of medical care - may mean decreased earning capability and discrimination in the workforce.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgeon will select tissue in the body that will do the best job of restoring the function and the appearance of tissue destroyed by the defect. Surgeons look for suitable vessels to attach the flap.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients can have better physical function, acceptance in their community, and subsequently a higher quality of life; they can also increase their earning capability.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Poor healing, infection, bleeding, or rejection of the flap are risks. Patients need 6-8 weeks of recovery prior to resuming normal activity. Driving, exercise, or other strenuous activity could damage recovering tissues or open up wounds, which could result in the need for additional surgery or treatment.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

CSC is the only center in Cambodia that regularly offers free vascularized flap procedures. Poor and disabled Cambodians come to CSC from all over the country. They usually stay in the hospital ward for 3-5 days, during which time they receive appropriate medicine, including anticoagulation and painkillers, and daily wound care until the flap has well settled. Many of our patients are from poor, rural areas in other provinces, often traveling four to eight hours on dirt or poorly constructed roads to receive care. Patients are referred for this treatment from local health care providers and clinics in their province, or from neighbors or relatives who received care at CSC.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

An alternative to functional muscle transfer in the case of a paralyzed arm is an amputation & shoulder fusion. For an open wound in the face or other areas, a local pedicle flap can be used but its reach and cosmetic concern are limiting factors. Skin grafting can be done only if there is no tendon or bone exposed. Patients often seek help from local Khmer healers, and this is almost always unsuccessful, but all the patient can afford until they learn about CSC.

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