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Success! Shem from Kenya raised $446 to fund hernia repair so that he can regain his confidence.

Shem
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Shem's treatment was fully funded on July 25, 2021.

Photo of Shem post-operation

August 8, 2021

Shem underwent hernia repair and has renewed hope for a bright future.

Shem was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, and was in need of treatment. He sought help from Watsi to support his repair, and was able to be scheduled for surgery. His hernia surgery was successful!

Shem shared, “My hopes of pursuing arts and design are coming back alive now that I got treatment.”

Shem was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, and was in need of treatment. He sought help from Watsi to support his repair, and was able ...

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June 24, 2021

Shem is a high school graduate from Kenya who hopes to pursue arts and design in college. He currently lives with his mother in Nairobi. He is the older sibling, and his younger sibling is still in high school. Shem’s father left the family when Shem was young, and Shem is not working currently, so their mother supports the whole family through washing clothes and working other temporary jobs.

About a year ago, Shem started experiencing pain and swelling and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Fortunately, he will finally undergo hernia repair surgery on July 2nd at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $425 to fund Shem’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live with more comfort and confidence.

Shem shared his current challenges and hopes for the future, “I want to pursue arts and design but I am facing several challenges including this constant stomach pains. I am forced to be on my own most of the time, which is affecting how I interact with other people. My hopes are up since the doctors recommended surgery as a remedy for my pains.”

Shem is a high school graduate from Kenya who hopes to pursue arts and design in college. He currently lives with his mother in Nairobi. He ...

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Shem's Timeline

  • June 24, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shem was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shem received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • July 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shem's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Shem's treatment
Hospital Fees
$434
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$3
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
  • 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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Bakandema

Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

28%funded
$65raised
$165to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bakandema

Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

28%funded
$65raised
$165to go