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Success! Vey from Cambodia raised $637 to fund nerve repair surgery.

Vey
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  • $637 raised, $0 to go
$637
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$0
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Fully funded
Vey's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Vey post-operation

March 1, 2019

Vey underwent nerve repair surgery.

Vey’s surgery went well and he’s doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Vey will need to work hard over the next six months to rebuild muscle in his arm, which will allow him to regain function. Vey hopes to return to tending his vegetable garden as soon as he can.

He says, “I am very happy that my surgery was a success. Now, I am able to return to work and continue to help my wife take care of the children.”

Vey's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the long recovery process. Vey will need to work hard over the next ...

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February 17, 2019

Vey is a 52-year-old musical instrument player from Cambodia. He likes listening to the radio and really enjoys looking after his vegetable garden.

Last October, Vey suffered from a motorcycle accident leaving his right arm and leg severely injured. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right 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 is regaining movement in his arm, but he is still unable to walk and carry on with his work.

Vey traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 18, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. This surgery will help him to regain movement in his leg, allowing for him to go back to work. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure.

He says, “After surgery, I hope that I can go back to work and carry on without any pain.”

Vey is a 52-year-old musical instrument player from Cambodia. He likes listening to the radio and really enjoys looking after his vegetable ...

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Vey's Timeline

  • February 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vey was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vey received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $637 for Vey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$503
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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