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Success! Samorn from Cambodia raised $709 to fund nerve repair surgery so he can regain function of his right arm.

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Samorn's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Samorn post-operation

December 5, 2022

Samorn underwent nerve repair surgery so he can regain function of his right arm.

Samorn had surgery by specialty surgeons who performed a complex nerve transfer. He will receive medication for a week and meet the physiotherapy team to start PT exercises in about three weeks. It may be many months before he is able to fully see a change in his shoulder function, but now he has hope. Many of these surgeries have been successful, and Samorn hopes he will be able to return to his work, eventually marry and have a family of his own.

Samorn’s mother said, “We are grateful that the hospital and the surgeons have tried to repair his arm, and hopeful that he will not be disabled for the rest of his life. We want to thank the staff for the care he has received, and the donors that support CSC so that Cambdians like my son can have hope.”

Samorn had surgery by specialty surgeons who performed a complex nerve transfer. He will receive medication for a week and meet the physioth...

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June 7, 2022

Samorn is a 22-year-old soldier with one younger sister who is currently in the 10th grade at public school. Samorn’s mother is a farmer and his father repairs houses in order to earn a living. In his free time, Samorn enjoys singing, listening to music, exercising, and playing football.

On April 10th, Samorn was in a motorcycle accident. He hit a tree and fractured his right clavicle and ulnar, as well as injured his right shoulder. As a result of the crash, Samorn 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 unable to move his right arm, and cannot work.

Fortunately, Samorn traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, to receive treatment. On June 7th, Samorn will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. After he has recovered, he will be able to use his arm again and get back to work in order to help his family. Samorn was able to contribute $100 towards his medical care. Now, our partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $709 to help fund his procedure.

Samorn says, “I hope I can use my arm so I can drive and work again.”

Samorn is a 22-year-old soldier with one younger sister who is currently in the 10th grade at public school. Samorn's mother is a farmer and...

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Samorn's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022

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

  • June 7, 2022

    Samorn 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 9, 2022

    Samorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Samorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 5, 2022

    Samorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
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On average, it costs $709 for Samorn's treatment
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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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