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Sovannaudom is a student from Cambodia who needs $497 to fund neck surgery.

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November 20, 2019

Sovannaudom is a second grade student who enjoys reading books, playing soccer, and watching television. His favorite subject in school is Khmer literature, and he hopes to become a police officer when he gets older. Sovannaudom was born with a condition known as torticollis, in which the neck is twisted to one side due to an abnormal or asymmetrical neck position. He is unable to turn his neck or move his head properly, and this often distracts his from his studies and other activities. Surgery will lengthen and preposition the muscles in Sovannaudom’s neck, and allow him to move without any difficulty.

“I hope that my son’s operation will go well and he will be able to move his neck normally and I will no longer have to worry about his condition,” said Sovannaudom’s mother.

Sovannaudom is a second grade student who enjoys reading books, playing soccer, and watching television. His favorite subject in school is K...

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Sovannaudom's Timeline

  • November 20, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sovannaudom 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.

  • November 27, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sovannaudom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sovannaudom is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Sovannaudom'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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