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Success! Srey Pov from Cambodia raised $696 to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so she can use her arm again.

Srey Pov
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Fully funded
Srey Pov's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2021.

Photo of Srey Pov post-operation

August 2, 2021

Srey Pov underwent brachial plexus repair surgery so she can use her arm again.

After a successful surgery, Srey Pov returned home to her family and began her journey to recovery. While her recovery and nerve regeneration may take many months to fully heal, she is optimistic that she will soon be able to return to work to help support her family.

Srey Pov shared, “I am hopeful that I can return to normal soon, and can use my arm again. It is important for me to work and take care of my baby and my family. Thank you to the surgeons and the CSC staff who were able to fix my arm; I am very grateful I have a chance to be well again.”

After a successful surgery, Srey Pov returned home to her family and began her journey to recovery. While her recovery and nerve regeneratio...

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June 14, 2021

Srey Pov is a 22-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters. Srey Pov has been married for three years and her husband is a tractor driver. Together, they have one son.

In March, Srey Pov was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of her left arm. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. 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. She is unable to lift her left arm and she cannot work.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC), is helping Srey Pov receive treatment. She traveled to CSC’s care center where, on June 14th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will be able to use her arm again. Now, she needs help to fund this $696 procedure.

Srey Pov shared, “I hope I can use my arm again so I can return to work at the garment factory and do my housework.”

Srey Pov is a 22-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters. Srey Pov has been married for three years and ...

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Srey Pov's Timeline

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Pov 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 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Pov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Pov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Pov's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $696 for Srey Pov'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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