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Ratha is a six-year-old from Cambodia who needs $541 to fund neck and tendon surgery.

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July 2, 2020

Ratha is a six year old boy with one younger brother. Their parents are farmers. He is in the first grade and loves reading books about animals. Everyday when he finishes his homework, he takes his brother outside to play. They also like to watch cartoons together.

Since he was born, Ratha has had contracted muscles in the left side of his neck, which has made it difficult for him to move or rotate his head. In addition, his head is tilted to the left side, and he cannot keep it straight. Ratha has often experienced social ostracization due to this condition, and he has difficulty participating in athletics with other students.

Doctors at Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC now plan to perform a tenotomy in order to release the tension in his neck and allow him to gain a greater range of motion. After this procedure he will be able to rotate and tilt his head normally.

Ratha’s father said, “My son enjoys playing soccer near the house, but I want him to be able to play with all the children and make a lot of friends. This surgery will really make his life better.”

Ratha is a six year old boy with one younger brother. Their parents are farmers. He is in the first grade and loves reading books about anim...

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Ratha's Timeline

  • July 2, 2020

    Ratha was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 02, 2020

    Ratha 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 02, 2020

    Ratha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020

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


    Ratha is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Ratha'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.

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