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Success! SreyNeng from Cambodia raised $541 to fund neck surgery.

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SreyNeng's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2020.

Photo of SreyNeng post-operation

July 10, 2020

SreyNeng underwent neck surgery.

SreyNeng’s procedure was successful. The tendon in her neck has been released, and she has a larger range of motion in her neck already. She will need to keep her neck supported for a month while it heals. When she has fully recovered, she will be able to move her neck freely.

Her mother shared, “I am so happy that my daughter’s neck has gotten better after this surgery. I thought she would have this problem for her whole life. Thank you to the doctors for helping us.”

SreyNeng's procedure was successful. The tendon in her neck has been released, and she has a larger range of motion in her neck already. She...

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June 9, 2020

SreyNeng is a 13-year-old girl in 7th grade. Her best subject in school is math. SreyNeng has one brother and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is a truck driver. She enjoys reading books, doing her school work, playing with toys with her siblings, and watching TV. SreyNeng’s favorite thing to eat and drink is chicken fried rice and coke.

SreyNeng has congenital torticollis, a condition that makes muscles of the neck contract and the head to twist to one side. It is difficult for her to rotate her neck.

Surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a tenotomy to release the tendon on the right side of her neck. This procedure will correct her condition and she will be able to move her neck with full range of motion for the first time.

SreyNeng is a 13-year-old girl in 7th grade. Her best subject in school is math. SreyNeng has one brother and one sister. Her mother is a fa...

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SreyNeng's Timeline

  • June 9, 2020

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

  • June 09, 2020

    SreyNeng 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.

  • June 10, 2020

    SreyNeng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    SreyNeng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2020

    SreyNeng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for SreyNeng'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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Nyi is 18-year-old agricultural day laborer from Thailand. He has lived with his grandparents in a village close to the border of Burma since he was 10 years old. His grandfather is a carpenter and earns 2,000 baht (approx. $66.7 USD) per month. His grandmother works as a daily laborer too and also earns 2,000 baht (approx. $66.7) in a month. Nyi had to stop working in March when he felt unwell. Previously, in his free time, he liked to play cane ball. On the evening of December 2nd 2019, Nyi and his brother went out together and they ended up in the hospital with a endotracheal tube for three days due to alcohol poisoning. One week after he was discharged, Nyi went back to work. About a month later, he developed shortness of breath and fatigue. By the time he went to Mae Sot Hospital in March 2020, the doctor diagnosed him with tracheal stenosis, a narrowing of the wind pipe. He then received a tracheostomy. The doctor referred him to Chiang Mai for further treatment, but Nyi was unable to go to Chiang Mai until September due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Doctors want Nyi to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Nyi's CT scan and care, scheduled for October 2nd. "Since I was told that spraying pesticides without protective gear is unsafe [a task he used to do all the time as an agricultural day laborer], I want to find some other type of work such as in construction once I recover," said Nyi.

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