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Success! Arnold from Kenya raised $444 to fund surgery to repair his inguinal hernia.

Arnold
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Arnold's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2020.

Photo of Arnold post-operation

December 28, 2020

Arnold underwent surgery to repair his inguinal hernia.

Arnold had successful surgery! His family hopes the surgery will boost his self-esteem and it has reduced the chances of any infection in the future. He’ll continue to come for follow-up care for the doctor to assess his recovery. Arnold and his mother are very happy.

Arnold’s mother says, “As a family, we were very hopeful that Arnold would receive treatment. Now that he has received treatment, we are more than happy and grateful for this program for making it possible.”

Arnold had successful surgery! His family hopes the surgery will boost his self-esteem and it has reduced the chances of any infection in th...

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October 21, 2020

Arnold is a young boy from Kenya. Three months after birth, Arnold’s mother noticed he had some swelling in the abdominal area. Arnold’s physicians diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia.

However, his family was unable to afford the cost of his surgery. Arnold is one of five children, his mother does casual jobs and laundry work for her neighbors, and his father lost his job as a waiter in a local small hotel when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. He currently works in a local construction site as a casual laborer. The family is not in a position to raise any money to cater for Arnold’s surgery. So, his mother is appealing for financial help. 

Fortunately, on October 22nd, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Arnold’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Arnold’s mother says, “Despite the problems we have encountered, we are still hopeful that Arnold will get treatment.”

Arnold is a young boy from Kenya. Three months after birth, Arnold’s mother noticed he had some swelling in the abdominal area. Arnold's phy...

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Arnold's Timeline

  • October 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Arnold was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • October 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arnold received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • October 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arnold's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arnold's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arnold's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Arnold's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$21
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the lower abdominal wall, usually for one of two reasons. The first is a congenital abnormality in which the tissues did not close. The second is excessive stress in an adult, often due to heavy physical labor or pregnancy. Patients experience a bulge or lump in the affected area. The hernia may cause the patient to feel pain, discomfort, weakness, pressure, and sensations of heaviness or aching. These symptoms are often exacerbated when the patient coughs, bends over, or lifts heavy objects. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms and are only detected during routine medical exams.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with uncomplicated hernias may experience only annoyance or discomfort. As the hernia opening expands, the discomfort will increase. Small openings are more likely to trap the intestine, potentially leading to intestinal damage or death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias are common in Africa. People often do very hard physical labor and lift heavy objects. Women tend to have more children than those in the United States. It is possible that some hernias have infectious or genetic causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery lasts for three to eight hours, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient will stay in the hospital anywhere from two days to eight weeks, again depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient is continually monitored.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Treatment is curative. The chance of intestinal strangulation or bowel obstruction reduces significantly.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Hernia repair is not a risky procedure, and it comes with few side effects.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many patients will ignore a hernia until it becomes uncomfortable and seek care at that time. Some people will wear tighter pants or a tight band around the waist to prevent the intestine from protruding.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If the hernia is not “stuck,” patients tend to ignore it and adapt to living with it. However, this could lead to future complications.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.