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Success! Sophanha from Cambodia raised $696 to fund arm surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Sophanha
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  • $696 raised, $0 to go
$696
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophanha's treatment was fully funded on September 12, 2021.

Photo of Sophanha post-operation

September 17, 2021

Sophanha underwent arm surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Sophanha’s surgery was a success! He will remain for observation at the hospital before returning home with his family soon. As nerve regeneration takes time, the doctors will monitor his healing over the next several months. Sophanha’s parents are hopeful that they will see improvements soon and that Sophana will have full use of his arm as he grows up!

Sophana’s mother shared, “We are thankful for the opportunity to have this surgery for my baby and are hopeful for success. We would like to thank the strangers who funded this surgery for Sophana so he can grow up to use his arm and hand like other children.”

Sophanha's surgery was a success! He will remain for observation at the hospital before returning home with his family soon. As nerve regene...

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July 29, 2021

Sophanha is a six-month-old baby who has an older brother and sister. His father and 20-year-old brother operate a coffee stand outside a factory, and his sister is a 17-year-old high school student. His mother stays home to take care of Sophanha right now.

When he was born, Sophanha was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy on his left arm and hand. This leads to weakness, loss of function and sensation so that the young boy is unable to lift his arm or use his hand.

Sophanha traveled with his family to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 29th, he will undergo surgery that will help him be able to use his hand in the future as he grows up. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sophanha’s mother shares, “I am glad my baby can get this surgery, and I hope he can use his arm soon and grow strong.”

Sophanha is a six-month-old baby who has an older brother and sister. His father and 20-year-old brother operate a coffee stand outside a fa...

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Sophanha's Timeline

  • July 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophanha 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.

  • July 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophanha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophanha's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophanha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sophanha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$561
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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