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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $497 to fund a nerve and tendon surgery.

Samnang
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Samnang's treatment was fully funded on June 13, 2018.

Photo of Samnang post-operation

April 10, 2018

Samnang underwent a nerve and tendon surgery.

Samnang’s surgery went well and he’s doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Samnang will need to work hard over the next six months to rebuild muscle in his arm, which will allow him to regain function. Samnang hopes to return to work as a construction worker as soon as he can.

His mother says, “I am happy to see my son has improved function in his right arm again. I am overjoyed with the good results of the surgery. I hope he will continue progressing as he has been.”

Samnang's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Samnang will need to work hard over t...

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April 4, 2018

Samnang is a construction worker. He has three sisters and one brother. He enjoys listening to pop music, watching TV, and playing football with his coworkers.

In October 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident, during which he fractured his clavicle and wrist and sustained a brachial plexus injury to his right arm and shoulder. He was treated for his fractures at a Thai hospital and then was sent home to recover. He went to a clinic in Battambang for physical therapy, and was referred to come to our medical partner for more treatment.

He is unable to move his right shoulder, elbow, and arm. He is in chronic pain and needs a nerve and tendon procedure to help him regain mobility in his arm.

Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 5. Now, he needs help to fund this $497 procedure.

He says, “After surgery I hope I can use my right arm normally again and have no more pain.”

Samnang is a construction worker. He has three sisters and one brother. He enjoys listening to pop music, watching TV, and playing football ...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • April 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 06, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samnang 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.

  • April 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samnang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 13, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

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