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Success! Raymar from the Philippines raised $1,437 to treat an inguinal hernia.

  • $1,437 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Raymar's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2016.

Photo of Raymar post-operation

April 2, 2016

Raymar received successful hernia repair surgery.

“Having his health restored, Raymar can now go through his childhood with ease,” shares his doctor at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in the Philippines. “His parents can manage around his developmental milestones with peace and confidence. It is normal for a child in his age to cry and play to develop feelings, gather information and eventually learn. He no longer has to suffer these times of his life with his hernia, and his parents can now create the proper environment for his development.”

Raymar’s family extends their thanks to the support for their son’s treatment. “We are eternally grateful to the open and generous hearts whom God has used to give us hope, even in our poverty,” his mother said. “With the help of the generous donors and its kind-hearted partners, our son has been given a better chance in life. To live a life without dread of the unknown or even death is a quality of life we can now enjoy as we have always prayed for.”

"Having his health restored, Raymar can now go through his childhood with ease," shares his doctor at International Care Ministries, our med...

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December 5, 2015

Raymar is a 16-month-old boy from the Philippines who loves to smile at people who come near him. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, tells us, “he is unaware of his current condition and is moving and playing just like any other kid.”

Raymar has an inguinal hernia, in which a mass of tissues protrudes through a weak point in his abdominal muscles. He has swelling around his groin area.

Treatment for Raymar is a hernia repair, which will cost $1,437. His surgeon will push the tissues and fat back inside the abdominal cavity and suture close the opening in his muscles. The treatment will give Raymar an opportunity to live a normal life and he will be free from complications of hernias, such as tissue death.

“As a mother, I dreamed of a wonderful future for my child, however, because of his condition, we could not clearly see his future,” says Raymar’s mother, “After he gets treated, we are excited to see him grow and play like other children and we will also be worry free.”

Raymar is a 16-month-old boy from the Philippines who loves to smile at people who come near him. Our medical partner, International Care Mi...

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Raymar's Timeline

  • December 5, 2015

    Raymar was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • January 01, 2016

    Raymar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 01, 2016

    Raymar's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2016

    Raymar received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center. 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.

  • April 02, 2016

    Raymar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Inguinal Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The most common symptoms include a local bulge or swelling and pain or discomfort in the groin. An incarcerated or strangulated hernia can lead to nausea, vomiting, fever, intense pain, and a hernia bulge that turns red, purple, or dark. This condition is life-threatening and needs urgent surgical care.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

An inguinal hernia causes pain and swelling in the groin. Because these symptoms worsen with activity, this condition can limit a patient's ability to work and participate in daily life. This may have significant financial implications for a household. If a hernia gets stuck outside of the abdominal cavity and the opening around it tightens, it is called a strangulated hernia. This condition can disrupt the blood supply to the tissue and result in death of the tissue. This condition is life-threatening.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias and hydroceles are common around the world and are not specific to our medical partner's region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

In the Philippines, most surgeries for inguinal hernias are conducted under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia is also injected into the incision. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage his or her breathing. An incision is made in the groin, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together. A patch of mesh is laid on the repaired section to strengthen the closure. The skin incision is then sutured together, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. This surgery typically takes about 30 minutes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After a time of rest and healing, the patient will be able resume normal activities. There is a very small risk that the hernia will reoccur or that another hernia will develop at a different site.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgical repair of an inguinal hernia is simple and effective. The risk of complications is very low.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most public hospitals in the Philippines offer this surgery. However, even if a family has government insurance, there are significant out-of-pocket costs that make surgery inaccessible for the poorest patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For younger children with congenital inguinal hernias, there is no alternative treatment to surgery. Older patients who are not suitable candidates for surgery may wear a truss, a suspender that provides support to the hernia.

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