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Success! Eugene from Kenya raised $733 to fund hydrocele surgery.

Eugene
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  • $733 raised, $0 to go
$733
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Eugene's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Eugene post-operation

January 5, 2022

Eugene underwent hydrocele surgery and is headed back to school with a big smile.

Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) just shared that Eugene’s treatment was successful and he’s recovered very well after the operation. Eugene is back home now and doing well! The benefits of this surgery are immense and also reduce his risk of future complications.

Eugene’s mother said, “I am very happy to see my son’s health restoration through AMH. I was unable to raise his hospital bill. I am looking forward to taking him back to school.’’

Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) just shared that Eugene’s treatment was successful and he's recovered very well after t...

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November 10, 2021

Eugene is a 5-year-old student and the second born in a family of two siblings. His older brother is in grade three. His mother shared that she did not manage to further her own studies due to financial problems. Eugene’s father passed away last year after a long illness and his mother is the only breadwinner for their family. She farms maize and beans on a rented piece of land. During the harvest, she sells some in order to support her children and their family uses the rest at home. She lives at her late husband’s ancestral home, in a timber-roomed house. She also keeps some hens which provide them with eggs and meat.

Since two months ago, Eugene has had bilateral hydrocele. The hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on November 11th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $733 to fund Eugene’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Eugene’s mother says, “I am the only breadwinner. Kindly, assist me to raise the hospital bill for my son.’’

Eugene is a 5-year-old student and the second born in a family of two siblings. His older brother is in grade three. His mother shared that ...

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Eugene's Timeline

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eugene received treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • November 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eugene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eugene's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eugene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Eugene's treatment
Hospital Fees
$477
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$15
Supplies
$241
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing 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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