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Bikash from Nepal raised $491 to repair a hernia and return to school.

Bikash
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  • $491 raised, $0 to go
$491
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bikash's treatment was fully funded on May 13, 2016.
November 9, 2016

Bikash did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Bikash did not return to our medical partner for his scheduled treatment. Should he return in the future, he will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Unfortunately, Bikash did not return to our medical partner for his scheduled treatment. Should he return in the future, he will be re-eligi...

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April 27, 2016

Bikash is a playful fourth grader who enjoys swimming and fishing in the river near his home.

This nine-year-old boy from Nepal has a hernia which has become progressively more difficult for him to live with.

“Although he had been living with hernia for a few years now, it became increasingly painful in the last two weeks,” explains our medical partner, Possible. “Worried if it may cause complications in the future, his family brought him to the hospital.”

Possible continues, “His father works in India to support the family back home while his mother tends to the farm to make ends meet.” Bikash is responsible for grazing the cattle at home and looking after his younger sister.

For $491, we can fund a hernia repair surgery, which will put the tissue that’s currently bulging out of place back where it belongs. This procedure will reduce Bikash’s pain and the risk of complications like strangulation.

“I am a little worried because it’s my son’s first time in the hospital,” says Bikash’s mother. “But I am positive he will be cured.”

“Bikash is keen to head back home and rejoin school once his treatment is over,” Possible says.

Bikash is a playful fourth grader who enjoys swimming and fishing in the river near his home. This nine-year-old boy from Nepal has a her...

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Bikash's Timeline

  • April 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bikash was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible.

  • April 28, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Bikash was scheduled to receive treatment at Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal. 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 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bikash's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Bikash is no longer raising funds.

  • November 9, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bikash's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin. Patients may experience pain, discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients have difficulty walking long distances, lifting heavy weights, and doing strenuous activities.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

People in rural Nepal rely heavily on agriculture. They do a lot of strenuous exercise, increasing the likelihood of developing a hernia. People also tend to cook indoors using firewood. They may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which leads to constant coughing and increases the likelihood of developing a hernia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

During open surgical repair, surgeons close the hernia using sutures, mesh, or both. They close the surgical wound with sutures.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient should feel better within a week of surgery. However, the patient should refrain from lifting heavy weights or doing other strenuous exercises until recovery is complete.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may develop infections or urinary dysfunction. Sometimes, hernias recur.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia surgeries can only be performed by skilled clinicians at advanced hospital centers. Patients walk for up to seven days to reach our medical partner's hospital because they have heard about the possibility of free healthcare.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Depending on the size and severity of the hernia, some lifestyle changes can treat the symptoms. These include quitting smoking, treating COPD, and changing one's diet.

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