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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $444 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Joseph
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on June 22, 2021.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

July 1, 2021

Joseph underwent hernia repair surgery.

Joseph had successful surgery and was discharged home later on the same day. He and his mother were so happy to head home feeling well.

Joseph’s mother shared, “I am very grateful for your kindness. May the Lord bless you abundantly. My son has been treated and will recover successfully with your help. Thank you very much.”

Joseph had successful surgery and was discharged home later on the same day. He and his mother were so happy to head home feeling well. J...

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May 20, 2021

Joseph is playful and curious three-year-old boy. His mother shared that he will start going to school soon. Joseph’s parents separated a few months before he was born and his father does not support them. His mother has been doing casual jobs to provide for her son, and a few weeks ago, she got a part-time job planting trees in their area for an NGO.

Joseph has had a hernia since last month, and he experiences a lot of pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 24th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $444 to fund Joseph’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Joseph’s mother shared, “when I was told that Joseph has to undergo surgery for him to be treated, my heart was filled with sadness and was prepared to have to deal with the fact that he will never get treated but now I am very happy to hear that he will be treated.”

Joseph is playful and curious three-year-old boy. His mother shared that he will start going to school soon. Joseph's parents separated a fe...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • May 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • June 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Joseph'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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