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Success! Sopheap from Cambodia raised $696 to fund surgery so she can use her right arm.

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Sopheap's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2021.

Photo of Sopheap post-operation

September 13, 2021

Sopheap underwent surgery so she can use her right arm.

After traveling six hours to our medical partner, Sopheap underwent a successful nerve transfer surgery to lessen her pain. As part of the healing process, she will also work with a physiotherapist to learn exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles in her arm. Her full recovery process may take up to six months.

Sopheap is looking forward to returning to work to support her family. Smiling brightly, she shared, “I am so happy that the surgeons could fix my arm so that I can return to farming, and raise my children. I was so worried I would never be able to hug them again. Thank you to everyone who supports us to improve our lives so we can care for ourselves.”

After traveling six hours to our medical partner, Sopheap underwent a successful nerve transfer surgery to lessen her pain. As part of the h...

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August 4, 2021

Sopheap is a 38-year-old farmer. Her husband works at a hotel near their home. Together they have two young daughters, a one-year-old and a three-year-old.

Four months ago, Sopheap was in a driving accident that led to paralysis of her right hand. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that transmit signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Due to this injury, Sopheap is experiencing pain and paralysis on her right side.

Sopheap traveled to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment at their care center. On August 4th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. Upon recovery, Sopheap will be able to use her arm again.

CSC is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sopheap says, “I hope I can regain use of my arm as soon as possible after this procedure.”

Sopheap is a 38-year-old farmer. Her husband works at a hotel near their home. Together they have two young daughters, a one-year-old and a ...

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Sopheap's Timeline

  • August 4, 2021

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

  • August 4, 2021

    Sopheap 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.

  • August 5, 2021

    Sopheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2021

    Sopheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 20, 2021

    Sopheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sopheap'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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