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Success! Ibrahim from Kenya raised $631 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Ibrahim
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  • $631 raised, $0 to go
$631
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$0
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Fully funded
Ibrahim's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Ibrahim post-operation

February 21, 2022

Ibrahim underwent hernia repair surgery.

Three-year-old Ibrahim underwent a successful hernia repair! A day after surgery, Ibrahim was able to play with new friends in the hospital ward. He was able to feed well and there was no swelling after feeding and her could not feel any pain as he did before. His mother was very happy to see that her child was well!

Ibrahim’s mother says, “What I have seen was really unexpected. I am happy to see him well again and I am very grateful for your help.”

Three-year-old Ibrahim underwent a successful hernia repair! A day after surgery, Ibrahim was able to play with new friends in the hospital ...

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December 28, 2021

Ibrahim is a playful three-year-old boy who is about to start kindergarten. His mother is a hardworking single parent of two children who works as a hawker selling goods.

Since birth, Ibrahim has had a right inguinal hernia. On December 21st, his mother brought him to the hospital because he was experiencing frequent vomiting and periodic swelling in his inguinal area that worsens when he stands. Ibrahim can experience pain, vomiting, a reduced appetite, and discomfort while walking. Upon review, doctors recommended surgery.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Ibrahim receive surgery that will help him live more comfortably. On December 29th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at the care center. AMHF is requesting $631 to fund Ibrahim’s procedure.

Ibrahim’s mother shared, “I am happy that his condition can be treated surgically. Ibrahim needs to be happy like other children and play with friends during this holiday.”

Ibrahim is a playful three-year-old boy who is about to start kindergarten. His mother is a hardworking single parent of two children who wo...

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Ibrahim's Timeline

  • December 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ibrahim received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital 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.

  • December 31, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ibrahim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ibrahim's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ibrahim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Single Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $631 for Ibrahim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$341
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$8
Supplies
$195
Labs
$25
Other
$59
  • 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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