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Success! Godfrey from Kenya raised $733 to fund corrective surgery for hydrocele.

Godfrey
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  • $733 raised, $0 to go
$733
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$0
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Fully funded
Godfrey's treatment was fully funded on January 24, 2022.

Photo of Godfrey post-operation

January 31, 2022

Godfrey underwent corrective surgery for hydrocele and is headed back to school much healthier.

Godfrey’s surgery was a success! His medical team shared that he recovered well and has now headed home. Godrey’s family expressed gratitude for his surgery, as he will no longer experience pain or swelling and can have a better quality of life moving forward.

Godfrey’s father shared, “I’m very grateful and thankful to God and to AMH for the great care, love, and the free treatment given to my son. I am looking forward to taking him back to school after recovery.”

Godfrey’s surgery was a success! His medical team shared that he recovered well and has now headed home. Godrey’s family expressed gratitude...

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November 10, 2021

Godfrey is a 9-year-old student in grade 3 at a public primary school. He is the third born in a family of six siblings. Among them are four sisters and one brother. His eldest two siblings had to drop from school due to a lack of school fees, but his other younger siblings are in lower primary grades.

Godfrey’s mother sells ripe bananas on the street while his father is a stone mansion. Through their daily combined efforts, they are able to support their family. The family lives in a rented single room timber house.

Godfrey has a right hydrocele. The hydrocele is causing him progressive swelling resulting in pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on November 11th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $733 to fund Godfrey’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Godfrey’s father says, “I have really struggled with my son’s condition and I cannot afford his treatment cost.’’

Godfrey is a 9-year-old student in grade 3 at a public primary school. He is the third born in a family of six siblings. Among them are four...

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Godfrey's Timeline

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Godfrey was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Godfrey received treatment at Maua Methodist Hospital 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.

  • November 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Godfrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Godfrey's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Godfrey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Godfrey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$477
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$15
Supplies
$241
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing 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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