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Success! Channarith from Cambodia raised $696 to fund nerve-damage surgery and regain mobility.

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Channarith's treatment was fully funded on June 23, 2022.

Photo of Channarith post-operation

June 29, 2022

Channarith underwent nerve-damage surgery and is regaining mobility of his arm.

Channarith traveled five hours to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for his diagnosis and surgery for his injury. He has stayed at the hospital to heal and work with the physiotherapist. He’ll practice the rehabilitative exercises to increase strength and flexibility as his nerves regenerate. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Channarith is now optimistic that he will use his hand once again. He would like to continue his schooling, find a good job and marry one day, and it has been very hard for him to be so young, yet dependent on others for self-care. His surgeons look forward to seeing him over the next several months to check on his progress.

Channarith said: “I am grateful to the CSC staff for trying to fix my arm. I would like to return to work again and help to support my family. Thank you for helping me to have this surgery.”

Channarith traveled five hours to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for his diagnosis and surgery for his injury. He has staye...

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March 3, 2022

Channarith is a 19-year-old student and security guard. He’s the eldest of three in his family and his father is a construction worker. When not working or studying, he likes to play football, watch TV, listen to music, and help his mother with housework.

Last November, Channarith was involved in a motorbike accident. He lost consciousness and severely injured his left arm. His parents took him to a clinic in their province, where doctors suggested they take him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.

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. Channarith cannot move his left shoulder and he has no elbow mobility nor finger movement. His muscles have atrophied and he has no feeling in his left arm. Doctors anticipate that a nerve transfer will help to restore movement to the associated muscle.

Channarith traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment, which is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available. On March 3rd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his arm again.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Channarith says “I hope that I can use my arm and return to work as soon as possible.”

Channarith is a 19-year-old student and security guard. He's the eldest of three in his family and his father is a construction worker. When...

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Channarith's Timeline

  • March 3, 2022

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

  • March 3, 2022

    Channarith 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.

  • March 4, 2022

    Channarith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2022

    Channarith's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 29, 2022

    Channarith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Channarith's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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