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

Twahiru
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
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$0
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Fully funded
Twahiru's treatment was fully funded on April 13, 2021.

Photo of Twahiru post-operation

April 2, 2021

Twahiru underwent a hernia repair surgery.

Twahiru underwent a successful inguinal hernia repair surgery, which has helped correct his condition. As a result of this surgery, Twahiru has been saved from the pain and agony he was going through previously. His family is relieved that he will now be happier, sleep soundly, and feed well.

Twahiru’s father shared, “God bless you so much for helping treat my son. He was suffering a lot due to the pain. Thank you.”

Twahiru underwent a successful inguinal hernia repair surgery, which has helped correct his condition. As a result of this surgery, Twahiru ...

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February 14, 2021

Twahiru is an 8-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children.

About four months ago, Twahiru developed a bilateral inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him a lot of pain due to the swelling, so he is very irritable. Twahiru is not feeding well and gets very little sleep at night. His mother first noticed the swelling when he was six months old, but when they brought him to the local hospital, they were told the swelling would disappears as he grew up. As time went on, the swelling increased in size significantly, continuing to cause Twahiru more discomfort.

However, Twahiru’s parents are unable to afford the cost of his care. Since they do not have a stable income, they are forced to go out every morning seeking day jobs on other people’s farms in order to support their family. Getting treatment for Twahiru has been challenging, and they have had to borrow money at different points or seek out herbal treatment for him. Twahiru’s parents appeal for financial support for their son.

Fortunately, on February 15th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $566 to fund Twahiru’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Twahiru’s mother shared, “Our baby does not feed well, and he is always crying due to the pain caused by this condition. Please help him have this surgery as we can’t afford the cost.”

Twahiru is an 8-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. About four months ago, Twahiru develo...

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Twahiru's Timeline

  • February 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Twahiru was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Twahiru received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Twahiru's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Twahiru's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Twahiru's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Twahiru'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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