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Success! Kassim from Tanzania raised $539 to fund hernia repair.

Kassim
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  • $539 raised, $0 to go
$539
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kassim's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2020.

Photo of Kassim post-operation

January 10, 2020

Kassim underwent hernia repair.

Kassim had a successful surgery that has helped correct the right inguinal hernia that was causing him pain and suffering when it swelled up. He is no longer in pain and is recovering well. He was also able to undergo circumcision after the surgeon found him to have a condition known as paraphimosis.

Kassim’s mother says, “God bless you all for helping fund and treat my son and saving him from the pain and suffering he was going through.’’

Kassim had a successful surgery that has helped correct the right inguinal hernia that was causing him pain and suffering when it swelled up...

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November 24, 2019

Kassim is a one-year-old boy from Tanzania who has an inguinal hernia. He was born healthy until two months ago when his mother got bothered by his excessive cry while holding his pelvis area. She noted the swelling and took him to the hospital. Kassim is not able to eat well and experiences difficulties sleeping due to the pain.

Kassim was referred to our facility for care and funding due to limited income. After 10 hours’ drive, he had surgery recommended to correct the defect. Kassim’s father is the sole provider for the family. He cooks at a local restaurant with little income to sustain his family. He would require several months of saving to accumulate sufficient fee for his son’s treatment. Upon successful surgery, Kassim will be free from persistent pain in his pelvis area.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Kassim’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Kassim’s mother says, “Please save my son from the pain he is going through.”

Kassim is a one-year-old boy from Tanzania who has an inguinal hernia. He was born healthy until two months ago when his mother got bothered...

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Kassim's Timeline

  • November 24, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kassim was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • November 25, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kassim received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kassim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kassim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kassim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Kassim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
  • 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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