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Success! Silvestre from Guatemala raised $400 to fund hernia repair.

Silvestre
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  • $400 raised, $0 to go
$400
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Silvestre's treatment was fully funded on June 6, 2017.

Photo of Silvestre post-operation

August 9, 2017

Silvestre underwent hernia repair.

Silvestre underwent a successful hernia repair surgery. He has been able to return to his daily life—he works without bother or pain, and is able to take care of his family better.

Silvestre says, “I am very grateful to the association for not having denied me support when I sought it. You all were ready to help me, and thanks to God everything went well. After surgery I recovered little by little, and now I am completely well. May God bless you all for the noble work that you do.”

You may have noticed that this update was published a long time after this patient’s treatment date. We recently fixed a bug in our system that was causing a backup of some old updates, and we apologize for the delay!

Silvestre underwent a successful hernia repair surgery. He has been able to return to his daily life—he works without bother or pain, and is...

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February 9, 2017

Silvestre is a 59-year-old man. He lives in rural Guatemala and works as a pastor. He loves serving his congregation.

Silvestre has a hernia, which occurs when an internal organ protrudes through the abdominal muscles. He is often uncomfortable and in pain, limiting his ability to work. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, and complications could arise.

Surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. Repair surgery will allow Silvestre to live without pain and to be present for his congregation and family. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $400 to fund this treatment. Silvestre will undergo surgery on February 9.

Silvestre says, “I am happy that this is operable, and that I can leave this thing that has been bothering me for good. If everything goes well, I will keep working in the church and supporting my family.”

Silvestre is a 59-year-old man. He lives in rural Guatemala and works as a pastor. He loves serving his congregation. Silvestre has a he...

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Silvestre's Timeline

  • February 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Silvestre was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • February 09, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Silvestre received treatment at Clinic Tecpán. 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 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Silvestre's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 06, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Silvestre's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Silvestre's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair - JORNADA
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $400 for Silvestre's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Travel
$265
Labs
$24
Other
$106
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A hernia is a condition in which abdominal contents (intestine) bulge through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall, usually in the area of the groin. Hernias cause the following symptoms: a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, a burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge, pain or discomfort in the groin area, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting, a heavy or dragging sensation in the groin, and weakness or pressure in the groin.

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

Small hernias are usually asymptomatic. However, they tend to enlarge over time and they can become very painful, even debilitating. Also, there is a risk if not repaired that the intestinal contents of the hernia may become “choked” by the abdominal muscles. This is called a strangulated hernia, and it can be life threatening. Surgery prevents this life threatening complication and also restores mobility and eliminates pain.

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

Hernias happen all around the world. In Guatemala, access to the simple surgical treatment is limited. Therefore, hernias are often suffered with for years and years and may be quite large at the time of treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition is straightforward. It is a simple surgical procedure which often does not even require an overnight hospital stay.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows young people to get back to earning a living and caring for their families. It prevents life threatening complications of hernia, such as a strangulated hernia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently cures the issue. As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

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

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for patients who cannot afford to pay is many months, or even years, of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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