Hy is a 38 year old fisherman from Kandal Province in Cambodia. He's been married for 9 years and has 2 sons. The oldest is 8 years old in fourth grade and the other is 4 years old not yet in school. His wife is a factory worker but now she needs to stays at home to help look after him.
One year ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He had a closed fracture of his right clavicle, left shoulder trauma, and scalp lacerations. After the accident his family took him to a government hospital to suture his scalp wound; he stayed for 4 days. After that, he had surgical insertion of a plate and screws for his fractured clavicle. After 6 weeks, his left shoulder still had pain. He has no shoulder abduction, no elbow or wrist movement, no sensation at his forearm or his hand. Hy has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his arm, he is in chronic pain, and he can't work anymore.
Hy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 30th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Hy will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.
Hy is hopeful that with treatment, he will be able to use his arm as soon as possible and can return to work and supporting his family instead of relying on them as much as he has needed to.