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Success! Minea from Cambodia raised $709 to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm.

Minea
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  • $709 raised, $0 to go
$709
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Minea's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2022.

Photo of Minea post-operation

September 19, 2022

Minea underwent brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm as he grows.

Minea was a very brave boy around all the strangers at Children’s Surgical Centre and underwent extensive nerve transfer surgery. He will rest in the hospital for several days and undergo physiotherapy exercises to maintain strength. The physiotherapy team has also given his mother several exercises for him to do when he returns home. It may take up to two years before a fully healed outcome is possible, but Minea’s parents are hopeful with time and patience he will regain use of his arm and grow up to be as active as any other kid.

Minea’s mother said: “We are grateful that we could find this care to help our son. We are very lucky that our hospital in the province told us to go to CSC, and we are hopeful Minea will grow up strong and not suffer more from this accident.”

Minea was a very brave boy around all the strangers at Children's Surgical Centre and underwent extensive nerve transfer surgery. He will re...

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April 21, 2022

Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents.

In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea’s left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left 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.

Minea’s family brought him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC’s specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure.

Minea’s parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.

Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that M...

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Minea's Timeline

  • April 21, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 21, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Minea 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 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Minea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Minea's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Minea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $709 for Minea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$92
Medical Staff
$566
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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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