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

Phanith
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$696
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Phanith's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2021.

Photo of Phanith post-operation

April 5, 2021

Phanith underwent a brachial plexus surgery so he can use his arm again.

Phanith had a complex surgery with our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre specialty surgeons to repair his brachial plexus injury. He has started working with the physiotherapy team to increase his flexibility and muscle strength and will continue physiotherapy over the next several months as the nerve regenerates. This surgery will allow Phanith to return to his profession to help support his family.

Phanith shared, “I am so happy that my arm may return to normal function and I can return to work. I hope that my life will return to normal and I can have a normal life. Thank you to those who helped me have this surgery.”

Phanith had a complex surgery with our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre specialty surgeons to repair his brachial plexus injury. H...

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March 4, 2021

Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury.

On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. 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. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful.

Phanith traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Phanith shared, “I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible.”

Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the secon...

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Phanith's Timeline

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phanith 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 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phanith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phanith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Phanith'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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