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Success! Jackson from Kenya raised $554 to fund a hernia repair surgery.

Jackson
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  • $554 raised, $0 to go
$554
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jackson's treatment was fully funded on March 13, 2021.

Photo of Jackson post-operation

March 17, 2021

Jackson underwent a hernia repair surgery.

Jackson had successful surgery to treat his hernia at our medical partner’s care center. His mom was relieved that Jackson is no longer in pain and his swelling has now disappeared. Their family has headed home and will return for a few follow-up appointments over the coming months so that surgeons can monitor his post-operation care and recovery.

After his surgery, Jackson’s mother shared, “I am very grateful to God for your help. My son got treated at BethanyKids Hospital and God used you to pay for his treatment. While at the hospital my son and I were treated with nothing but kindness and for that may God continue to bless you.”

Jackson had successful surgery to treat his hernia at our medical partner's care center. His mom was relieved that Jackson is no longer in p...

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February 21, 2021

Jackson is a 2-month-old baby boy and the youngest in his family of four. He was born in December to the joy of his grandmother and parents.

During his initial examination after birth, Jackson was found to have a swelling in a private area. The nurse advised Jackson’s mother that the condition did not require any urgent attention. While at home, his mother noticed that whenever she was bathing him and touched the area, Jackson experienced a lot of pain and would cry a lot. A few days later, Jackson’s mother took him to the nearest hospital to their home. During the examination, the doctor diagnosed Jackson with a bilateral inguinal hernia. Jackson was prescribed some pain medication and scheduled for follow-up visits at the clinic, but his condition did not improve.

A friend of his mother heard about Jackson’s condition and referred them to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. There, the doctor recommended hernia repair surgery to relieve Jackson of his pain and reduce the chances of him having any future complications. However, Jackson’s parents cannot afford the cost of his care. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father does casual jobs at a construction site. They make a humble living and sometimes rely on Jackson’s grandparents for food. The family does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage, and appeals for financial support for Jackson’s surgery.

Fortunately, on February 22nd, Jackson will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Jackson’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and grow up to be a happy, healthy boy.

Jackson’s grandmother shared, “It feels very sad for a parent when their newly born baby is experiencing some pain. It is more painful to the parents if they cannot raise the required amount to cater for the baby’s treatment. My prayer is for Jackson to receive treatment.”

Jackson is a 2-month-old baby boy and the youngest in his family of four. He was born in December to the joy of his grandmother and parents....

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Jackson's Timeline

  • February 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jackson was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jackson received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • February 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jackson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jackson's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jackson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $554 for Jackson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$521
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$27
  • 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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