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Success! Lifas from Cambodia raised $392 for nerve repair surgery following a motor vehicle accident.

Lifas
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Lifas's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Lifas post-operation

August 8, 2016

Lifas underwent life-improving nerve reparation surgery.

Lifas’s brachial plexis injury (BPI) repair surgery on her left arm went very well. During the procedure, surgeons performed a nerve graft, sewing the neighboring nerve onto the non-functioning one in the hopes of restoring function. She had two weeks of physical therapy, during which the physiotherapist taught her how to do exercises at home. Although it can take three to six months before function is fully restored in her arm, Lifas already has regained some function of her hand and doctors are very hopeful that she will make a full recovery.

Lifas is eager to return home and begin working again on her farm and in her home, things she’d been unable to do easily due to her injury. Both she and her sister, who accompanied her to clinic, are thankful to all the doctors and donors who helped her have this life-improving surgery.

Lifas’s brachial plexis injury (BPI) repair surgery on her left arm went very well. During the procedure, surgeons performed a nerve graft, ...

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May 11, 2016

Lifas was in a motor vehicle accident in February, and she injured the left side of her neck. She has been unable to move her left arm and hand since the accident. Lifas and her sister traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) where doctors diagnosed her with a brachial plexus injury (BPI).

Lifas is a 35-year-old farmer living in Cambodia with her husband. She enjoys watching TV, talking with her friends at home, and doing house work in her free time.

A BPI occurs when the nerves connecting the spine to the arm are stretched, compressed, or severed from the spinal cord. In the most extreme case, a BPI can cause paralyzation of the arm, with a loss of function and sensation.

A BPI surgery at CSC will involve nerve replacement and repair surgery. Surgical procedures such as nerve grafts, nerve transfers or muscle transfers can help restore function. CSC tells us that for $392, Lifas can have the surgery she needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, and two days of inpatient care.

Full recovery can take between three to six months. Lifas looks forward to regaining some functionality in her left arm, and resuming her work around the house.

Lifas was in a motor vehicle accident in February, and she injured the left side of her neck. She has been unable to move her left arm and h...

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Lifas's Timeline

  • May 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lifas was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lifas 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 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lifas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lifas's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 08, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lifas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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