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Success! Mab from Cambodia raised $696 to fund surgery so he can regain the use of his hand.

Mab
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  • $696 raised, $0 to go
$696
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mab's treatment was fully funded on August 19, 2022.

Photo of Mab post-operation

September 6, 2022

Mab underwent surgery so he can regain the use of his hand.

Mab underwent a successful complex brachial plexus repair surgery. He is recovering well and returned home to continue his healing. Mab will work closely with our medical partner CSC’s physiotherapy team over the next few months to regain his strength. It often takes time for the nerves to regenerate, but Mab is hopeful to make a full recovery soon. Because of this procedure, Mab will be able to use his left arm and hand again to return to his work as an electrician. It has been difficult for his family without Mab’s help, and they are happy he is on the road to recovery.

Mab’s wife shared, “After his accident, Mab felt very bad that he could not support our family. It has been hard on our small family with the pandemic - now we have hope again. Thank you to everyone who helped to pay for his surgery and to the hospital staff who treated him so well.”

Mab underwent a successful complex brachial plexus repair surgery. He is recovering well and returned home to continue his healing. Mab will...

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April 5, 2022

Mab is a 34-year-old electrician. He has two children, with his oldest son is seven years old and his newborn daughter at two months old. In Mab’s free time, he enjoys playing volleyball with his friends.

Last December, Mab was in a motorcycle accident that caused a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is the nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in a loss of function and sensation. After the accident, Mab’s family took him to a local hospital for treatment; however, his left arm is still immobile, and he has shoulder pain. The doctors referred him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for review, where they determined his shoulder is partially dislocated, and he has no elbow or wrist flexion.

CSC is the only treatment center in the country that can help Mab receive the treatment he needs. On April 5th, he will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery that will allow him to use his hand again. CSC is requesting $696 for the cost of this surgery. Mab was able to gather $100 to contribute to his care, as well.

Mab says, “I hope my arm will regain strength, and I can return to work.”

Mab is a 34-year-old electrician. He has two children, with his oldest son is seven years old and his newborn daughter at two months old. In...

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Mab's Timeline

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mab 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.

  • April 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mab's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mab's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mab's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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