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Success! Genesis from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Genesis
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Fully funded
Genesis's treatment was fully funded on June 17, 2021.

Photo of Genesis post-operation

July 8, 2021

Genesis underwent hernia repair surgery.

Genesis has had a successful surgery that helped repair the hernia that was causing him pain and discomfort. Thanks to his surgery, Genesis is no longer experiencing pain and discomfort.

Hugging a smiling Genesis, his mother says, “I am very grateful for saving my son from the pain and discomfort he was going through. God bless you.”

Genesis has had a successful surgery that helped repair the hernia that was causing him pain and discomfort. Thanks to his surgery, Genesis ...

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May 20, 2021

Genesis is a calm 23-month-old baby boy. He’s the youngest of two children born to his mother. Genesis’ father left the family when he was just a few months old, and Genesis’ mother supports her children on her own. She used to earn a living working for a local safari company as a secretary, but unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the company shut down. She now takes cleaning jobs to support her family.

For eight months, Genesis has experienced pain due to an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may lead to intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Genesis to receive treatment. On May 31th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Genesis’ surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and gow up confidently.

Genesis’ mother shared, “please help my son. I don’t think I would be able to get the money to cover his treatment with no stable income. When the swelling appears he goes through pain making him cry a lot. Please help.”

Genesis is a calm 23-month-old baby boy. He's the youngest of two children born to his mother. Genesis’ father left the family when he was j...

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Genesis's Timeline

  • May 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Genesis was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Genesis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Genesis's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Genesis received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Genesis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Genesis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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