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

Alex
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Alex's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2019.

Photo of Alex post-operation

November 5, 2019

Alex underwent hernia surgery.

Alex had a successful surgery to repair the hernia defect. This has greatly minimized the risk of suffering strangulation which can potentially restrict blood flow to the body tissues.

“I am overwhelmed to see people offering to assist us despite never having met us. It’s amazing,” said Alex’s mother.

Alex had a successful surgery to repair the hernia defect. This has greatly minimized the risk of suffering strangulation which can potentia...

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August 1, 2019

Alex is a child from Kenya. For one year, Alex has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain. Fortunately, on August 5, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

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

“Please help us. To be honest we will take years and years to raise the funds needed yet our son is suffering,” says Alex’s mother.

Alex is a child from Kenya. For one year, Alex has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain. Fortunately, on August 5, he will un...

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Alex's Timeline

  • August 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alex was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alex's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 05, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alex 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.

  • August 27, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alex's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 05, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alex'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 Alex'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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Gideon

Gideon is 6-year-old playful boy. Five days ago, Gideon came to the hospital with a complaint of pain in his right hand, which looked like an obvious fracture due to the deformed and swollen appearance of his arm. He was unable to lift his hand. Gideon sustained the fracture while he was playing with his friends in school. Accompanied by his mother, they walked over 16 miles to get to our hospital to see a doctor and get treated. After the doctor's assessment, Gideon was admitted for skin traction to limit movement and reduce his pain and swelling. Now he has been scheduled for Open Reduction and External Fixation (OREF) surgery on Friday, March 20th. Gideon is the second born in a family of three children. He was born and raised in a small village called Kipkaner where most of the inhabitants work on farms or perform other low-income jobs. His parents did not attend school, so they don’t speak Swahili nor English. The family lives in a small mud hut with grass as a roof. His family gets sustenance from their small farm and consists mostly of millet, sorghum and seasonal fruits like mangos. Gideon likes to spend his days looking after her grandmother's goats. He feels that his grandmother will find it hard to take care of her goats when he is sick. Gideon is in severe pain. He has a hard time sleeping. The family is requesting for financial support for their child to undergo surgery. Gideon’s father says, “I want my son to get back to his normal life. It is paining to see him lay in bed without help.”

40% funded

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$312raised
$451to go

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