Srey Tey is a playful 3-year-old from Cambodia. She lives in Svay Raing province with her parents and two older siblings. Her mother cares for the children at home, while Srey Tey’s dad earns a living as a taxi driver. Srey Tey’s favorite things include ice cream, cartoons, and playing with her siblings!
Srey Tey’s mom had a long and difficult delivery with shoulder dystocia, a condition where one or both of the baby’s shoulders get stuck in the birth canal. Since birth, she noticed that Srey Tey has limited movement in her left arm. Srey Tey has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her 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. Currently, she cannot move her left hand and has limited strength and function in her arm.
Srey Tey’s family brought her to our medical partner’s care center for treatment. This is the only center in the country where this treatment is available. On May 11th, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will have improved function in her arm and hand. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Srey Tey’s family contributed $100 to her care.
Srey Tey’s mother shared her hopes that, after surgery, Srey Tey will be able to move her hand more easily and start preschool.