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Success! Maly from Cambodia raised $541 to fund a tendon release procedure on her left hand.

  • $541 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Maly's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2021.

Photo of Maly post-operation

April 12, 2021

Maly underwent a tendon release procedure so she can use her hand again.

Maly had her surgical procedure by specialist hand surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). The physiotherapist team has given her exercises to improve her dexterity and gain strength again. After a short stay at CSC, Maly was able to return home to her province. She expressed great relief with the results of her surgery as she heals, and looks forward to returning to her jobs of farming and selling beer.

Maly’s husband shared, “I’m very excited to see how my wife is healing. Thank you to all the donors who helped my wife to get her hand repaired.”

Maly had her surgical procedure by specialist hand surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). The physiotherapist team has given her exer...

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April 1, 2021

Maly is a 40-year-old farmer who is married and has one son and two daughters. Besides farming, she also sells beer. In her spare time, Maly enjoys cooking at home and listening to the radio.

Two years ago, Maly developed left thumb pain that made it very difficult for her to hold onto things. She used to take pain killers to help her feel better, but her thumb never improved. In the last six months, the pain has worsened and her range of motion has decreased. Maly has been diagnosed with a a severe case of stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger, which requires surgical treatment. She currently experiences stiffness, swelling, and pain in her finger.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 1st, Maly will undergo a tendon release procedure so that she can regain use of her left hand. Once recovered, she will be able to pick up and hold things normally again. Now, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $541 to fund this procedure.

Maly shared, “I look forward to being free of this pain and using my hand again.”

Maly is a 40-year-old farmer who is married and has one son and two daughters. Besides farming, she also sells beer. In her spare time, Maly...

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Maly's Timeline

  • April 1, 2021

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

  • April 1, 2021

    Maly 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.

  • April 2, 2021

    Maly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021

    Maly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2021

    Maly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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