Leap is a chatty, two-year-old with a big smile. He lives with his parents and two older sisters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Leap does not yet attend school, and likes playing with toys and falling asleep in his mother’s lap. His father repairs cars for a living, while his mother is a homemaker.
Leap’s delivery was a difficult one, during which he suffered from an injury known as shoulder dystocia, which occurs when one or both of a baby’s shoulders gets caught inside the mother’s pelvis during childbirth. This often results in a brachial plexus palsy, when the neck of the infant is stretched during the birth process. The nerves responsible for providing feeling and movement in Leap’s shoulder, arm, and hand have been affected, leaving Leap unable to move his right hand.
Fortunately, on December 15th, specialty surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, will perform a tendon transfer, to improve Leap’s shoulder function and the use of his hand. After surgery and rehabilitation at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre, surgeons hope that Leap will have movement in his shoulder, and be able to use his hand. Leap’s family needs your help to fund the $572 cost of the procedure, the hospitalization, and Leap’s rehabilitation.
Leap’s mother said: “I hope Leap will be able to move his hand after surgery and use it well.”