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Success! Sary from Cambodia raised $696 to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm again.

Sary
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  • $696 raised, $0 to go
$696
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sary's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2021.

Photo of Sary post-operation

April 8, 2021

Sary underwent brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm again.

Sary’s operation greatly improved his quality of life by repairing the severe nerve damage in his shoulder. He’s working closely with the physiotherapy team to regain strength. Although it may be many months until he sees a complete return to normal function, he looks forward to recovery and returning to work to support his family.

His daughter shared,”I really happy that my father will be able to do things by himself without help. Thank you to all donors for their help.”

Sary's operation greatly improved his quality of life by repairing the severe nerve damage in his shoulder. He's working closely with the p...

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March 16, 2021

Sary is a 49-year-old security guard who has proudly been married for 32 years. Together they have three sons and two daughters. Sary lives with his wife, who is a farmer, and their children. He does not have a lot of free time, but when he does he shared that he enjoys being with his children and listening to the radio.

In June of 2020, Sary was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right 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. Sary is unable to lift his arm and he can’t work.

Sary traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sary was hopeful about his treatment and shared, “I hope I can be back to work as soon as possible.”

Sary is a 49-year-old security guard who has proudly been married for 32 years. Together they have three sons and two daughters. Sary lives ...

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Sary's Timeline

  • March 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sary 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.

  • March 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$561
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?

Symptoms of brachial plexus injury (BPI) vary on the severity and location of the injury, but include muscle weakness, loss of sensation, pain, and paralysis. BPI can cause neuropathic pain with damage to the spinal cord and can be long-lasting, with effects such as burning numbness.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The impact of a brachial plexus injury can range in severity; some patients may experience weakness or great pain, others may be paralyzed in their shoulder and upper arm. This can make day-to-day tasks difficult and impair quality of life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Motorcycle collisions are the most common cause of brachial plexus injury, and are, unfortunately, an exceedingly common occurrence in Cambodia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for brachial plexus injury can involve nerve repair, nerve grafting, nerve transfer, or tendon and muscle transfers depending on the location and type of injury, and the amount of time since the injury occurred. A nerve repair involves reattaching a severed nerve; nerve graft is a procedure that takes a healthy nerve from another part of the body and transplants it to the injured nerve to guide regrowth; a nerve transfer is a procedure that cuts a donor nerve and connects it to the injured nerve when there is no functioning nerve stump to attach a graft. Nerve regeneration occurs approximately at a rate of 1 mm/day, and so recovery from a brachial plexus injury can take months for small improvements. Physical therapy during this time is important to prevent stiffness, contractures, or atrophy and increase the chances of regaining good movement in the affected limb.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

While BPI surgery may not restore full movement to a patient, it can greatly increase the patient’s ability to use the affected limb and reduce the pain of the injury.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

BPI surgery is complicated and risks include infection as well as failure to restore movement, which would require further surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Surgery to treat brachial plexus injury can be very complex and not widely performed. Surgical treatment in Cambodia can be expensive and hard to access. Patients will travel for hours by car, motocycle, and bus to receive free surgery at CSC.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Brachial plexus injury can have a range of severity; some patients may be able to be treated by splinting or physical therapy, but serious cases require surgical intervention. These types of injuries do not have alternatives to improving movement and functionality.

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