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Success! Somaly from Cambodia raised $497 to fund corrective surgery.

Somaly
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Somaly's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Somaly post-operation

March 9, 2018

Somaly underwent corrective surgery.

Somaly’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her foot. Surgery will allow Somaly to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

She says, “I am very happy with the operation’s results. I am feeling much better and looking forward to going back to work.”

Somaly's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her foot. Surgery will...

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March 6, 2018

Somaly is a 27-year-old woman from Cambodia. She works at a bank. She has two brothers and four sisters. In her free time, she enjoys tailoring clothes.

One year ago, she was in a motorcycle accident and injured her foot. Ever since the accident, she has had difficulty walking and is in chronic pain.

In October of last year, she had a procedure done to fix her leg and foot trauma. Now, she is still having difficulty moving and needs another procedure to improve her mobility.

Somaly is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 7. Now, she needs help raising $497 to fund the procedure. After her surgery, she looks forward to going home and spending time with her friends and siblings.

She says, “After the surgery, I hope I can walk easily and return to work soon.”

Somaly is a 27-year-old woman from Cambodia. She works at a bank. She has two brothers and four sisters. In her free time, she enjoys tailor...

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Somaly's Timeline

  • March 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Somaly was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 07, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Somaly 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.

  • March 08, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Somaly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Somaly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Somaly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Somaly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
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?

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.