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.