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Ath from Cambodia raised $450 to fund a nerve and tendon repair.

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Ath's treatment was fully funded on March 20, 2017.

Photo of Ath post-operation

March 2, 2017

Ath underwent nerve and tendon repair.

Surgeons at CSC repaired the tendons of his left wrist by attaching silicon tubes to his flexor tendons. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication, and he was instructed to keep his left arm elevated. He had physiotherapy at CSC for one week before going home. His wound has healed nicely. Ath is now able to move his fingers more easily than before.

Ath says, “I am so happy to have done the surgery. Now I can go back home and support my family again.”

Surgeons at CSC repaired the tendons of his left wrist by attaching silicon tubes to his flexor tendons. Following the procedure, he was giv...

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January 16, 2017

Ath is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has a son. Ath enjoys listening to pop music, watching boxing on TV, and reading magazines.

In January of 2016, Ath sustained electrical burns on both his wrists. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh, where surgeons performed a debridement procedure to remove damaged tissue. Three months later, he returned to the same hospital for a skin flap procedure. The procedure was successful. His wound has healed nicely, and the skin flaps look healthy.

Though Ath has improved, his previous procedures only treated parts of his injury. Ath’s accident also caused his tendons to rupture, making it difficult and painful for him to flex and extend his wrists.

Through people in his village, Ath heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Along with his brother, Ath made the five hour journey to CSC for treatment.

On January 16, Ath will undergo a tenolysis procedure at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. This procedure will remove the scar tissue that has bonded Ath’s tendons to the surrounding tissue. CSC is asking for $450 in funds to cover the cost of this surgery and the accompanying supplies.

After this surgery, Ath will be able to use his wrists easily again.

Ath is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has a son. Ath enjoys listening to pop music, watching boxing on T...

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Ath's Timeline

  • January 16, 2017

    Ath was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 16, 2017

    Ath received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 18, 2017

    Ath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2017

    We received an update on Ath. Read the update.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ath's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Ath'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?

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.