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Success! David from Kenya raised $384 to fund hernia repair surgery.

David
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David's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2018.

Photo of David post-operation

June 5, 2018

David underwent hernia repair surgery.

Surgery was successful. After recovery, he will resume farming.

David says, “Thank you Watsi because you have been of great support to me. I only need a few days to rest and thereafter get back to my farming.”

Surgery was successful. After recovery, he will resume farming. David says, “Thank you Watsi because you have been of great support to m...

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April 30, 2018

David is a farmer from Kenya. He is a father of six. He is a hardworking man and has tried his best to educate his children.

A month ago, David was busy preparing his land for planting when he began to feel pain. He used painkillers, but the pain persisted. David later noticed a swelling on his abdomen.

David has a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and is affecting his ability to work on his farm. Fortunately, on May 2, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund David’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

David says, “My hand was healing, I had just started preparing my farm for planting when I felt frequent pain when on my lower abdomen.”

David is a farmer from Kenya. He is a father of six. He is a hardworking man and has tried his best to educate his children. A month ago...

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David's Timeline

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. 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.

  • June 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    David's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Single Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $384 for David's treatment
Hospital Fees
$81
Medical Staff
$152
Medication
$65
Supplies
$73
Labs
$13
  • 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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Owamani

Last July, Owamani’s mother noticed an imbalance in her son's testicle sizes while he was bathing, she thought it would normalize soon but it didn’t. In March 2020, Owamani was taken to Rugarama Hospital and was diagnosed with a hernia but their family did not have money for the surgery. He was then taken to Kabale referral hospital but his parents were advised to take him back for surgery after the COVID-19 situation has stabilized. Owamani's father and mother are small scale farmers who hire little pieces of land for cultivation because they have no land of their own yet. They rent a single room for their family's shelter. They are a family of three children and are all in school. Owamani is the second born and currently in fourth grade at primary school. Owamani has now come to Watsi's Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital for treatment. If not treated through herniorrhaphy, he could have future obstruction and strangulation of tissue thus becoming gangrenous leading to peritonitis. Owamani’s mother says that Owamani complains of severe pain especially as he interacts with his friends, when riding a bicycle, and sometimes there is an uncontrollable flow of urine when he is sleeping. Owamani’s mother shared, “We cannot help him due to our current financial position; he would be the happiest and most active boy if treated. He may comfortably play with his friends especially at school and this would improve his class performance.”

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