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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $423 to fund hernia surgery.

Joseph
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on January 24, 2020.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

February 16, 2020

Joseph underwent hernia surgery.

Joseph had successful hernia repair surgery. It has greatly minimized his risk of suffering strangulation, which can restrict blood flow to the bodily tissues and cause gangrene.

“Thank you for the help accorded, God bless you,” says Joseph’s mother.

Joseph had successful hernia repair surgery. It has greatly minimized his risk of suffering strangulation, which can restrict blood flow to ...

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December 9, 2019

Joseph is a young boy from Kenya who was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia in November. His mother who was giving him a bath noted the abnormal swelling. With the swell being persistent, a scan was done and revealed a left inguinal hernia. This is a condition that occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles.

If not treated, Joseph is at a risk of suffering strangulation which can potentially restrict blood flow to the body tissue and result in gangrene. Joseph’s mother is a housewife while his father is employed as a tout. With a very menial income, the young parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They do not have medical insurance and lack funds to pay for the surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Joseph’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Joseph is a young boy from Kenya who was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia in November. His mother who was giving him a bath noted the a...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • December 9, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.