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Success! Rosina from Cambodia raised $541 to fund a nerve and tendon procedure so she can use her arm.

Rosina
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
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$0
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Fully funded
Rosina's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2021.

Photo of Rosina post-operation

February 28, 2021

Rosina underwent a nerve and tendon procedure so she can use her arm.

Rosina had a successful surgery to repair her ulnar nerve, and can now finally bend her elbow without pain or numbness. She will have physiotherapy for a week and then return home after her stitches are removed. She describes her health as “good” after her surgery, and looks forward to returning to teaching!

Her husband said: “I’m so happy that my wife has improved and she can be more independent. I am especially very thankful to all who donated.”

Rosina had a successful surgery to repair her ulnar nerve, and can now finally bend her elbow without pain or numbness. She will have physio...

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February 4, 2021

Rosina is a 24-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She was married two years ago and has a one-year-old daughter. Her husband is also a teacher. Rosina and her family live with her parents. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading.

When she was 5 years old, Rosina fractured her right elbow. She followed Khmer traditional medicine, and it proved to be an effective treatment for her elbow until last year. Then, Rosina started experiencing numbness on her right forearm, as well as muscle atrophy on her palm. Doctors diagnosed her with an old fracture of right elbow and compression of the ulnar nerve.

Rosina will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a corrective nerve and tendon procedure on February 4th. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $541 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be free of pain and will be able to use her arm normally again.

Rosina shared, “I hope that the numbness of my right hand will disappear, and I will have no pain. I would like to be able to return to my day-to-day activities soon.”

Rosina is a 24-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She was married two years ago and has a one-year-old daughter. Her husband is also a teacher....

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Rosina's Timeline

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosina 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.

  • February 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosina's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Rosina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$406
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?

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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