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Success! Sak from Cambodia raised $696 to fund shoulder surgery.

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Sak's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2020.

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July 2, 2020

Sak underwent shoulder surgery.

Sak’s surgery was successful and the wound on his shoulder is healing normally. Sak had his sutures removed and is going through a physiotherapy program to restore nerve function to his arm and hand. He has multiple followup appointments scheduled to check on his recovery process. Once he fully recovers, he will be able to move his arm and grasp things in his hand.

Sak’s wife shared, “He is doing much better now, and feels no pain after the surgery. He is working hard to make his arm move better, and I think he will soon be able to work and support our family.”

Sak's surgery was successful and the wound on his shoulder is healing normally. Sak had his sutures removed and is going through a physiothe...

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June 2, 2020

Sak is 32-years-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He was recently married, and he and his wife have a nine-month-old daughter. His wife was a factory worker, but has been staying at home to take care of the baby. In order to supplement his income, Sak also raises and sells chickens. In his free time he enjoys watching boxing on TV and doing the housework.

Three months ago, Sak was in a motor accident in which he suffered trauma to his left shoulder and forearm. He 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. He received treatment from another hospital, but the operation was unsuccessful and now he can no longer move any joints in his left arm or fingers on his left hand. His family is worried that he will have permanent damage and will not be able to continue working, making life for his wife and young daughter very difficult.

Sak traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 2nd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to move and use his left arm again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sa said, “I am worried for my family when I can’t work, so I hope after surgery I can move my shoulder again like normal.”

Sak is 32-years-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He was recently married, and he and his wife have a nine-month-old daughter. His wife was a f...

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Sak's Timeline

  • June 2, 2020

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

  • June 2, 2020

    Sak 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.

  • June 3, 2020

    Sak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020

    Sak's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 2, 2020

    Sak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sak's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Laurencia is a 9-year-old girl and the seventh born in a family of nine siblings. She is a student at the nearby primary school. Her parents are small-scale farmers who plant vegetables for sale and for the family's needs. Some of her siblings are in high school, so her father uses his small income to pay for their school fees and to provide for other family needs. They are from a semi-arid area which faces drought and most of their crops are sorghum and millet. There is a food and water shortage in the area, and they shared that bandits often attack them. Life has been quite challenging, but they have persevered. Laurencia came to AIC Kapsowar Hospital with a bandaged right arm. She had an x-ray from another facility, which showed that she had broken both the ulna and the radius after falling from a mango tree while harvesting mangoes. She is in pain and unable to use her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 1st, Laurencia will undergo an open reduction and internal fixation surgical procedure to put the broken bones back in place. Her hand will be able to heal well and she will be able to use it again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Laurencias’ father says, “This incident happened just when I was paying my other children's school fees. I am worried now that I cannot help my daughter when she is in need. Please help her so that she can be able to grow in a normal way.”

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