John is a toddler boy from Kenya who is the second-born in a family of three children. His parents separated a while back, and he and his siblings now live at their ancestral home with their mother. John’s mother works around the community, such as tending to farm animals for her neighbors. John's grandparents also help support the young family. Since last year, John has been experiencing pain and discomfort caused by a right inguinal hernia. Although he was a playful boy, John has not been able to be as active as he was before the hernia. Fortunately, on March 14th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery with the support of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $585 to help fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. John’s mother said, “Since last year, I have been stressed as I had no idea what to do. I’m hopeful that he will be treated.”
Joshua is an 8-year-old boy who has been living in a children's home since he was two years old and his mother passed away. A neighbor intervened to help him move there when it was discovered that the living conditions with his grandmother were not suitable. Since early 2020, Joshua has had an inguinal hernia, or painful bulge in the groin area. Joshua started having lower abdominal pain, and has been to several hospitals for treatment but his condition has not improved. He was recently diagnosed with an inguinal hernia at one of the facilities and surgery was recommended. The host organization was not able to raise the needed amount and so he was referred to our medical partner BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, on September 15th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Joshua's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Joshua says, "I want my pain to go away and play like my friends."
Millicent is a playful and confident eight-year-old student. She has big dreams and, in the future, she would like to be a news anchor. She is the youngest child in a family of two children, and her older sibling is 12 years old. Sadly, her father recently passed away in December. Her mother works as a security officer at a local school trying hard to cover the needs of their family on her own now. For the past two weeks, Millicent has experienced intermittent umbilical swelling. She has been diagnosed with a reducible umbilical hernia and requires surgery to treat her condition. If left untreated, the hernia is likely to grow and could cause life-threatening complications like gangrene or peritonitis. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Millicent receive treatment. On February 7th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Now, she and her family need help raising $585 to fund her procedure and care. Millicent mother shared, "we are still mourning our loss and now our girl is sick. I am unable to pay for the important treatment she needs."
Vincent is a jovial and playful five-year-old boy. He is the third of four children in his family. Vincent's parents plough farms and fetch water to earn a living. Work is hard to come by where they live, in turn forcing his father to go to neighboring communities to look for employment. About a year ago, Vincent had a left inguinal hernia with pain in his abdominal area. His father noticed that there was swelling, and applied some ointment on the spot, which made the swelling and pain disappear. Vincent never experienced the pain again until two months ago. His family has been seeking help so that he can feel well again. Fortunately, on February 4th, Vincent will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $585 to fund Vincent's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live a more comfortable life. Vincent's father says, “It has been a stressful time for us as a family. I feel sad for my son that he has to undergo this.”
Kyden is a sweet four-year-old boy. He has an older sibling who is eight years old. His mother is a homemaker, while his father does phone repairs. The family shared that their income is inconsistent, and they have not had national health insurance since 2018. They requested assistance for their son’s surgery cost. Kyden has had a proboscoid umbilical hernia since birth. In December 2020, he started experiencing stomach pains, so his parents brought him to the children’s hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for review. Surgeons determined he would need to return for hernia repair surgery in a year. Kyden’s family waited a year and then returned for his surgery, which will take place on January 5th. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably. AMH is requesting $585 to fund Kyden’s surgery. Kyden’s mother shared, “This protrusion on the stomach keeps growing and looks uncomfortable. This surgery will help rectify this condition that has worried us a lot.”
Joseph is a two-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother used to work in a salon but stopped shortly before she gave birth to Joseph, while his father is a cook in a local hotel. The family shared that they do not have national health insurance and need assistance with the cost of their son’s surgery. Joseph has had a right inguinal hernia since birth. His mother noticed some swelling within the first week of his birth and took him to the hospital. Doctors determined the swelling was normal and would reduce over time; however, when there was no change so Joseph’s mother brought him back to the hospital. Upon further review, the doctors diagnosed the condition as a hernia and referred Joseph to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. On January 5th, Joseph will undergo repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably and grow up healthy. AMH is requesting $585 to fund Joseph’s surgery. Joseph’s mother shared, “Whenever my child cries of pain, I’m never at peace with myself, but I know that all will be well.”
Adrian is a shy and happy five-year-old boy. He is the oldest child in a family of two children, and lives in a single roomed rental house with his family. His mother works at a shop selling cereal near their home, while his father works as a casual laborer to make a living for their family. For about a week, Adrian has had a right inguinal hernia—a condition where soft tissue bulges through a weak place in the abdominal muscles. After a CT, ultrasound, and several tests, he was diagnosed with a hernia and surgery was recommended by his medical team. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Adrian receive treatment. On December 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Now, he and his family need help raising $585 to fund his procedure and care. Adrian mother shared, "my son is in constant pain and complains a lot. He is in dire need of this treatment. Please help us."
Liam is 3-year-old and the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife without a source of income and his father is a small-scale farmer tending food crops. They occasionally can sell crops when there's surplus to help earn more for their family. The income from the venture is small and inconsistent, and not sufficient to help pay for the treatment Liam requires. In August 2020, Liam was diagnosed with right inguinal hernia. He successfully had a right hernia repair surgery last year in August with support from Watsi donors. Unfortunately, doctors have now diagnosed a recurrence on his left side. He now has pains and a swollen stomach. Fortunately, on December 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Liam's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Liam’s mother says, “We had hoped our kid was doing well. This hernia is making his stomach swell and in pain. He needs this treatment urgently to relieve these discomforts.”
Bernard is a 6-month-old baby and the youngest in his family of four. His mother is a homemaker, while his father works as a businessman selling fruits at a local market in Nairobi. The family shared that they live in a two-room rental house and rely on Bernard’s father’s income for their needs. About two months ago, Bernard began experiencing an inguinal hernia. Without treatment, there is a risk that the hernia can swell or block blood flow to the intestine. Fortunately, on November 24th, Bernard will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $585 to fund Bernard’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably. Benard’s father shared, “My son looks jovial and happy, but I am afraid this condition will affect his growth and future.”
Allan is a 4-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Allan’s mother is a homemaker, while his father works as a boda-boda taxi driver. Their family lives in a 2-room rental house and shared that they do not currently have any insurance coverage and cannot cover the costs of the procedure that Allan needs. Allan is experiencing a left inguinal hernia, which requires surgery to address the risk of complications. Without treatment, there is a risk that the hernia can become stuck or block blood flow to the intestine. Fortunately, on November 24th, Allan will undergo repair surgery at the hospital of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). AMH is requesting $585 to fund Allan’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably. Allan’s mother shared, “Our baby is small and already having several hospital visits. If not treated, this will affect his life even in the future.”
Salome is a jovial but very timid student. Her mother does most of the talking as she lovingly clings to her. Currently a fourth-grade student, and she aspires to be a teacher in the future. Salome is the second born in a family of four. Her older sibling is 17 years old, and the youngest is 8 years of age. Her father is a casual laborer who transports meat to butcheries around the Kagwe area in Kenya. Her mother is also a casual laborer and tends to farms for a living. They live in their ancestral home on a quarter an acre farm. Since birth, Salome has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue damage and/or death. Fortunately, on August 26th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Salome's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and to continue her studies. Salome’s mother says, “My baby has had this condition since birth. We have not been able to take her to a hospital because we are financially struggling. I hope her condition does not threaten her life.”
Luhan is an eight-month-old baby boy living with his mother and grandparents. Luhan’s young mother gave birth to him after finishing her school examinations, and has recently started high school. Luhan spends most of his time with his grandparents when his mother is in school. His grandfather is a construction worker, and his grandmother works as much as her past back injury allows her to in order to help support their family. Since birth, Luhan has been diagnosed with inguinal hernia, which may result in intestinal tissue damage and death if left untreated. Luhan is often irritable and cries a lot due to the discomfort. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $444 to fund Luhan's surgery, which will relieve him of the uncomfortable symptoms so he can grow up healthily. Luhan’s grandmother says, “I almost gave up before coming to BethanyKids hospital. After the warm welcome I received, my prayer now is for Luhan to be treated.”