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Success! Phalla from Cambodia raised $450 to fund nerve and tendon repair surgery.

Phalla
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  • $450 raised, $0 to go
$450
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phalla's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2017.

Photo of Phalla post-operation

February 2, 2017

Phalla underwent nerve and tendon repair surgery.

Following his procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy before being discharged. He was instructed to use an arm sling to support his arm during the healing process. His wound has healed nicely, and he is able to move his arm more easily than before.

Phalla’s mother says, “Thanks to all of the donors and the staff for helping my son.”

Following his procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy before being discharged. He was instructed to use an arm sling to support his arm ...

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December 15, 2016

Phalla is a 23-year-old construction worker with two sisters and four brothers. In his free time, he likes to watch TV and go on Facebook.

In June, Phalla was in a motorbike accident that left him with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. This means that the nerves in his back were damaged. He was unconscious and was treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh. The accident left him completely paralyzed in his left arm, hand, and fingers. Phalla could no longer work to support his family.

When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 15, surgeons at CSC performed a nerve and tendon repair surgery to allow Phalla to use his arm easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this procedure.

“I hope that my left arm is better and has good function again,” says Phalla.

Phalla is a 23-year-old construction worker with two sisters and four brothers. In his free time, he likes to watch TV and go on Facebook. ...

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Phalla's Timeline

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phalla was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 15, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phalla 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.

  • December 23, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phalla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phalla's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phalla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Phalla's treatment
Hospital Fees
$105
Medical Staff
$345
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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