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Success! Jayden from Kenya raised $554 to fund a hernia surgery.

Jayden
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  • $554 raised, $0 to go
$554
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$0
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Fully funded
Jayden's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Jayden post-operation

March 5, 2021

Jayden underwent a hernia surgery.

Our medical partner just shared that Jayden had successful surgery! Jayden has returned home and will continue to come back for follow up care to ensure he fully heals.

Jayden’s mother shared: “At first I felt discouraged that my son would not get medical care because we could not afford it. We took a leap of faith and brought him to Bethany Kids Hospital, trusting that God would provide for our son. We are forever grateful for your support because now our son had surgery done, without any complications. Thank you so much, and may the Lord bless you.”

Our medical partner just shared that Jayden had successful surgery! Jayden has returned home and will continue to come back for follow up ca...

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February 10, 2021

Jayden is a one-year-old boy from Kenya, the second of two children in his family. One month before Jayden was born, his mother was told to go on leave to prepare for the delivery and to report to work after one year. After she had a successful delivery and full recovery, when she reported back to work, she was told that there was no vacancy for her. Jayden’s parents separated a few days after he was born due to family issues, and his mother has moved back to her parent’s house with her children.

Since birth, Jayden has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue obstruction or death. Fortunately, on February 11th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Jayden’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Jayden’s mother says, “I am very hopeful that Jayden will be treated.”

Jayden is a one-year-old boy from Kenya, the second of two children in his family. One month before Jayden was born, his mother was told to ...

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Jayden's Timeline

  • February 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jayden 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.

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jayden's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jayden's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jayden's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $554 for Jayden's treatment
Hospital Fees
$521
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
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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