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Success! Mathayo from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Mathayo
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
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$0
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Fully funded
Mathayo's treatment was fully funded on May 27, 2021.

Photo of Mathayo post-operation

July 8, 2021

Mathayo underwent hernia repair surgery.

Mathayo greeted us with wide, curious eyes. He had a successful surgery to help correct the inguinal hernia that was causing him pain and discomfort. Now, he can grow up to lead a full life doing fun activities like other children of his age.

Mathayo’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping treat my son’s condition. We are now sleeping in peace – no more cries due to pain.”

Mathayo greeted us with wide, curious eyes. He had a successful surgery to help correct the inguinal hernia that was causing him pain and di...

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May 9, 2021

Mathayo is a 17-month-old baby and the only child of his parents. They are small scale farmers who grow mainly maize and vegetables for their food at home. They try to also make extra income through the father seeking casual laboring day jobs.

Beginning three months ago, Mathayo developed an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and, if not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, on May 10th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $566 to fund Mathayo’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Mathayo’s mother says, “My baby cries a lot due to the pain and the condition is getting worse as days go by. Please help my son.”

Mathayo is a 17-month-old baby and the only child of his parents. They are small scale farmers who grow mainly maize and vegetables for thei...

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Mathayo's Timeline

  • May 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mathayo received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • May 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mathayo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mathayo's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mathayo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Mathayo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
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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