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Success! Chamnan from Cambodia raised $497 to fund repair surgery.

Chamnan
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$497
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$0
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Fully funded
Chamnan's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Chamnan post-operation

September 12, 2018

Chamnan underwent repair surgery.

Chamnan’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hips. Surgery will allow Chamnan to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and work without pain.

He says, “Thanks for the operation and allowing me to walk again.”

Chamnan's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hips. Surgery will...

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September 3, 2018

Chamnan is a teenager from Cambodia. He just finished high school. He enjoyed studying mathematics and wants to be a chef. He enjoys eating fried vegetables with pork and listening to classical music.

When he was six years old, he received poorly administered injections in his thighs. He has difficulty walking and is stiff in both of his hips. He has had an abnormal gait for the past nine years.

Chamnan needs to undergo a nerve and tendon procedure to release his contracture and allow him to walk freely again. Surgery is scheduled for September 4 and will cost $497.

He says, “I hope this will be gone after surgery.”

Chamnan is a teenager from Cambodia. He just finished high school. He enjoyed studying mathematics and wants to be a chef. He enjoys eating ...

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Chamnan's Timeline

  • September 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 04, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chamnan 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.

  • September 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chamnan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chamnan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chamnan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

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Funded by 7 donors

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Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Chamnan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
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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