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Success! Sitha from Cambodia raised $696 to fund shoulder surgery so he can use his left arm.

Sitha
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Sitha's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Sitha post-operation

December 25, 2021

Sitha underwent shoulder surgery so he can use his left arm.

Sitha traveled to our medical partner CSC to have complex surgery to repair the injured nerves in his shoulder and arm. He will work to slowly increase his strength and flexibility as his nerves regenerate. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Sitha is optimistic that his arm function will return, and his pain lessen. He hopes to soon return to work and have a normal life again.

Sitha’s wife said: “Thank you to the CSC staff for trying your best to help my husband. He felt very poorly before this surgery and hopes that his life will be better and he can return to work as a car mechanic and support our family.”

Sitha traveled to our medical partner CSC to have complex surgery to repair the injured nerves in his shoulder and arm. He will work to slow...

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September 9, 2021

Sitha is a 40-year-old car mechanic. He’s been married for four years and lives in the city with his wife. In addition to repairing cars, Sitha works in a garment factory. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, listening to music, and fishing.

Two years ago, Sitha was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left shoulder. 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. He is unable to lift his left arm and he hasn’t been able to work.

Sitha traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to receive treatment. On September 9th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his left arm again. Now, CSC is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.

Sitha shared, “I really hope I can regain full function of my left arm and be independent again.”

Sitha is a 40-year-old car mechanic. He's been married for four years and lives in the city with his wife. In addition to repairing cars, Si...

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Sitha's Timeline

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sitha 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.

  • September 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sitha's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Sitha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$561
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?

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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