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Success! Kelvin from Kenya raised $423 to fund hernia surgery.

Kelvin
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kelvin's treatment was fully funded on August 10, 2019.

Photo of Kelvin post-operation

August 2, 2019

Kelvin underwent hernia surgery.

Surgery was successful, and he is no longer at risk of complications!

He says, “I feel boundless love for the kindness and great compassion you have shown me.”

Surgery was successful, and he is no longer at risk of complications! He says, “I feel boundless love for the kindness and great compassi...

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June 27, 2019

Kelvin is a student from Kenya. For two years, Kelvin has had a hernia. This hernia causes him pain in his groin. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Kelvin’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I want to be a captain engineer when I grow up,” says Kelvin.

Kelvin is a student from Kenya. For two years, Kelvin has had a hernia. This hernia causes him pain in his groin. Fortunately, on June 28, h...

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Kelvin's Timeline

  • June 27, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 28, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kelvin received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • July 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kelvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 02, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kelvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 10, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kelvin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Kelvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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Ayebare

Ayebare is a two-year-old boy and the youngest in their family of 10. He developed stomach pains on Wednesday last week, but later they normalized. He then developed bloody stool after a few days and this has persisted up to now. His father took him to the nearby private clinic in Katuna and spent one night there. His father was advised to take his son to a bigger hospital by the doctor and that’s how he came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. After assessment and early treatment by the doctor, they now recommend that Ayebare have a curative laparotomy. Without this surgery, he may suffer gangrene of the bowel, Gastro-Intestinal Tract Perforation, peritonitis and severe sepsis, and at worst death. Ayebare’s parents are small-scale farmers who grow beans, potatoes, sorghum and bananas for home consumption. Their firstborn got married recently and hasn’t stabilized in her new family. The third born is 20 years old and in secondary school class 4 and the 10th born is 4 years old and in preschool. All others in between them are in school as well except the 5th born who dropped out of school. Ayebare’s parents own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter and are in the process of constructing a permanent house to safely and comfortably accommodate all their children. They seek financial assistance as they have a lot on their shoulders to take care of, including school fees. Ayebare’s father says, “I pray for a successful surgery. Ayebare will go to school when the right time comes, God willing.”

17% funded

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$51raised
$246to go

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