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Success! Samuel from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Samuel
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
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$0
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Fully funded
Samuel's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2021.

Photo of Samuel post-operation

September 27, 2021

Samuel underwent hernia repair surgery and is a happy baby again.

Samuel has had a successful surgery that healed the bilateral inguinal hernia that was causing him pain. Through his surgery, Samuel is now well and no longer in pain. He’s able to be happy and enjoy his play.

Samuel’s mother says, “Thank you very much for treating my son, she was suffering due to pain but now he is alright and happy.”

Samuel has had a successful surgery that healed the bilateral inguinal hernia that was causing him pain. Through his surgery, Samuel is now ...

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August 15, 2021

Samuel is a 15-month-old baby boy and the only child of his mother. He and his mother live with Samuel’s grandparents and his mother works as a small-scale farmer.

For three weeks, Samuel has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and swelling near his groin making it difficult for him to be comfortable. He requires surgery to treat his condition.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Samuel to receive treatment. On August 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Samuel’s surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Samuel’s mother shared, “in the past three weeks my son has been going through pain due to the condition. Please help treat him.”

Samuel is a 15-month-old baby boy and the only child of his mother. He and his mother live with Samuel's grandparents and his mother works a...

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Samuel's Timeline

  • August 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samuel was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samuel received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • August 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Samuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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