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Success! Jose from Guatemala raised $773 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Jose
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$773
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Fully funded
Jose's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2018.

Photo of Jose post-operation

November 2, 2018

Jose underwent hernia repair surgery.

Following his hernia surgery, Jose is a happy and active little boy. Now that he no longer has discomfort, he can play cars with his friends again.

Jose’s mother shares, “Thank you for supporting our son. God bless your organization for your help. I see that my son is growing healthy now and I want to see him keep growing with good health.”

Following his hernia surgery, Jose is a happy and active little boy. Now that he no longer has discomfort, he can play cars with his friends...

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January 29, 2018

Jose is a baby from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and grandparents in Guatemala’s rural coastland. When Jose was just a month old, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia.

Jose needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. Due to his young age, Jose’s hernia does not affect him much. However, without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities.

Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $773 in funding, Jose will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for January 29. Undergoing this surgery now will help to prevent Jose from suffering from hernia-related side effects later in life.

Jose’s mother says, “It makes me sad to see my baby boy like this. He is the light of my eyes, he is my reason for existing, and I want nothing more than to see him grow healthily.”

Jose is a baby from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and grandparents in Guatemala's rural coastland. When Jose was just a month old, he...

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Jose's Timeline

  • January 29, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jose was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • January 29, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jose received treatment at Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala. 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.

  • January 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 3, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jose's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 2, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jose's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $773 for Jose's treatment
Hospital Fees
$371
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Travel
$267
Labs
$24
Other
$106
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia is a condition in which abdominal contents (intestine) bulge through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall, usually in the area of the groin. A hernia can cause the following symptoms: a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, a burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge, pain or discomfort in the groin area, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting, a heavy or dragging sensation in the groin, and weakness or pressure in the groin.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Small hernias are usually asymptomatic. However, they tend to enlarge over time and they can become very painful, even debilitating. Also, there is a risk that the intestinal contents of the hernia may become “choked” by the abdominal muscles. This is called a strangulated hernia, and it can be life threatening. Surgery prevents this life threatening complication and also restores mobility and eliminates pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias happen all around the world. In Guatemala access to the simple surgical treatment is limited. Therefore, people may have hernias for years and years, and the hernias may be quite large at the time of treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition is straightforward. It is a simple surgical procedure which often does not require an overnight hospital stay.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment improves lives. It allows young people to get back to earning a living and caring for their families. It prevents life threatening complications such as a strangulated hernia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one-time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently cures the condition. As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for patients who cannot afford to pay is many months or even years of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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