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Success! John from the Philippines raised $962 for hernia repair surgery.

  • $962 raised, $0 to go
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John's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of John post-operation

October 26, 2016

John successfully received hernia repair surgery.

John’s surgery was a success! It was a fast recovery for the little boy; after only one day, John was discharged. According to his parents, he was “so brave” and did not hesitate when he was instructed by the medical staff. John’s family shares that he’s already back in school and can play and run without the threat of pain.

“I would like to thank you for your goodness and for making the operation of my son possible. It was a gift of ​healing to him,” shares John. “The joy in my heart is so intense when I see him so happy. Thank you so much for all your help.”

John's surgery was a success! It was a fast recovery for the little boy; after only one day, John was discharged. According to his parents, ...

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August 14, 2016

Meet John, a seven-year-old boy from the Philippines. John is an active child who loves to roam around and play with other children. He also enjoys drawing and playing with toy trucks.

When John was eight months old, his parents noticed something wrong with his scrotum. When they brought him to a pediatrician, their son was diagnosed with a hernia, or a protrusion of the intestinal tissue through the abdominal wall. The doctor advised to seek surgical care for their son. They did not have the financial ability to seek care at that time, and were also worried that something unexpected would happen during the operation. However, they were aided financially by a missionary and John underwent a successful operation.

Everything was well until John was two years old. His hernia reappeared on the left side, leaving his mother fearful and scared to let her son out of her sight. When his parents brought him to the doctor, they were told that John should be prohibited from too much playing, running, and crying. These restrictions were a large burden, as John’s parents know that a child his age wants the freedom to play and explore.

John’s mother often stops him from playing and running outside, which causes him frustration. She sometimes cries when she sees him sadly looking through the window at the other children playing.

John’s parents were delighted when they were referred to Watsi’s medical partner, International Care Ministries. After a series of tests, the doctor recommended hernia repair surgery– a $962 procedure during which John’s herniated tissue will be returned to the abdominal cavity. Once he has healed from his surgery, John will be free from the pain he now experiences and able to return to his regular activities.

The only income provider in the family is John’s father, who works as a helper in a storehouse. He earns $110 per month, which is barely enough for the family’s basic needs, let alone the cost of his son’s operation. As a result, the family requires assistance to afford this important procedure.

John loves his family very much and he always hugs and makes sweet comments to his parents when he sees them tired or sad. His mother wants to see John free from his condition and enjoying his childhood years. She hopes that he can explore and make friends.

“Thank you so much in advance for this,” says John’s mother. “It means so much to us. I hope and pray this will be the last surgery that John will undergo and that he will be free from his illness.”

Meet John, a seven-year-old boy from the Philippines. John is an active child who loves to roam around and play with other children. He also...

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John's Timeline

  • August 14, 2016

    John was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • August 17, 2016

    John received treatment at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center in Philippines. 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.

  • September 9, 2016

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016

    John's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Inguinal Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $962 for John's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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