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Success! Sagar from Nepal raised $491 for surgery to repair his hernia.

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Sagar's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2016.

Photo of Sagar post-operation

March 23, 2016

Sagar received successful surgery to repair his hernia.

“Two weeks after the treatment, Sagar has some pain in the area and was given medicine to control this pain,” explains his doctor at Possible. “Even though Sagar wants to work in the field, he will have to avoid lifting heavy weight or doing strenuous activities. In about two months time Sagar can go about his daily activities without any difficulty.”

“This is one step to getting better. At least I’m free of pain and can move about without anybody’s support,” shared a smiling Sagar in his post-operative interview.

"Two weeks after the treatment, Sagar has some pain in the area and was given medicine to control this pain," explains his doctor at Possibl...

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February 24, 2016

Sagar is a 60-year-old farmer living in Nepal with his wife and daughter-in-law. His family survives off the income his son makes in India. Sagar used to work as a watchman in India before his retirement to his homeland in Nepal. Upon his return Sagar planned on being an active, productive member of the family, but he developed a bilateral unobstructed hernia.

A hernia occurs when an internal organ pokes through the abdomen wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of his intestines. He needs surgical intervention to reposition his herniated tissue. The hernia repair surgery repairs the abdomen wall with synthetic tissue.

Sagar has been unable to talk or laugh due to his pain, and he has had to stop working and walking.

“My hernia causes me a lot of pain,” says Sagar, “I hope I’m treated very soon.”

Our medical partner, Possible, tells us that for $491 Sagar can receive hernia repair surgery, as well as medication and hospital care that he needs to get back on his feet. With his hernia repair, Sagar will avoid complications to his intestines and he will no longer be in pain.

Sagar is a 60-year-old farmer living in Nepal with his wife and daughter-in-law. His family survives off the income his son makes in India. ...

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Sagar's Timeline

  • February 24, 2016

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

  • February 24, 2016

    Sagar received 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.

  • March 1, 2016

    Sagar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2016

    Sagar's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 23, 2016

    Sagar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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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