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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $585 to fund hernia surgery so he can grow up comfortably.

Joseph
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  • $585 raised, $0 to go
$585
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2022.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

March 9, 2022

Joseph underwent hernia surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Joseph’s surgery was successful! After the surgery, he stayed at the hospital for a day to monitor his recovery and now is back home. His parents have been bringing him for follow-up appointments and he’s doing well!

Joseph’s father shared: “Joseph is recovering well and we are happy that he is out of pain.”

Joseph’s surgery was successful! After the surgery, he stayed at the hospital for a day to monitor his recovery and now is back home. His pa...

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December 31, 2021

Joseph is a two-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother used to work in a salon but stopped shortly before she gave birth to Joseph, while his father is a cook in a local hotel. The family shared that they do not have national health insurance and need assistance with the cost of their son’s surgery.

Joseph has had a right inguinal hernia since birth. His mother noticed some swelling within the first week of his birth and took him to the hospital. Doctors determined the swelling was normal and would reduce over time; however, when there was no change so Joseph’s mother brought him back to the hospital. Upon further review, the doctors diagnosed the condition as a hernia and referred Joseph to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment.

On January 5th, Joseph will undergo repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably and grow up healthy. AMH is requesting $585 to fund Joseph’s surgery.

Joseph’s mother shared, “Whenever my child cries of pain, I’m never at peace with myself, but I know that all will be well.”

Joseph is a two-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother used to work in a salon but stopped shortly before she gave birt...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • December 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2022
    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.

  • January 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $585 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$421
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$31
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$28
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.