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Success! Issa from Tanzania raised $610 to repair a painful hernia.

Issa
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$610
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$0
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Fully funded
Issa's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2016.

Photo of Issa post-operation

February 16, 2016

Issa received successful hernia repair surgery.

“Issa is doing very well. He had inguinal hernia repair done successfully and the on and off scrotal swelling is no longer there,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, explains. “Issa is out of the risk of developing intestinal obstruction.”

“I am happy that I am doing well. I will continue to focus on my studies and, Lord willing, one day I will become a doctor. Thank you!” says Issa.

"Issa is doing very well. He had inguinal hernia repair done successfully and the on and off scrotal swelling is no longer there," our medic...

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January 5, 2016

“My wish is to become a general surgeon when I grow up,” shares Issa, an 11-year-old boy from Tanzania. “Issa is in class three and enjoys reading and writing. He also likes to play soccer,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) shares. “He is very confident and likes to lead when playing with other children.”

Issa has an inguinal hernia, where some of his intestinal tissue pushes through a weak section of the groin, causing on and off scrotal swelling. AMHF explains, “His mother noticed the problem ever since Issa was a little boy, but she could not afford to take him to the hospital until 2014 when he had an operation done, but the condition recurred.”

An inguinal hernia puts Issa at risk of serious health complications, AMHF explains. “Issa is at risk of developing intestinal obstruction and endangering his life if not treated.”

Issa’s parents run small-scale businesses selling produce at the local market. “With three children going to school and all needing school fees, it has been quite a challenge to come up with enough cash to cover the cost of another operation for their son,” AMHF states.

$610 can fund Issa’s hernia repair operation to place the intestinal tissue back into its proper position. Following surgery and a three-day hospital stay, Issa will be sent to Plaster House, a specialized pediatric rehabilitation program. During his week there, Issa will work closely with trained medical staff to support his safe recovery.

After the procedure, Issa will no longer be at risk of intestinal obstruction and will be free to return to his active lifestyle.

“My wish is to become a general surgeon when I grow up,” shares Issa, an 11-year-old boy from Tanzania. “Issa is in class three and enjoys r...

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Issa's Timeline

  • January 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Issa was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 06, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Issa 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.

  • January 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Issa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Issa's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Issa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • 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 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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Witness

Witness is a student from Tanzania who is the first born child in a family of four children. She is smart, intelligent, and very hard working girl. Witness has completed her form four education and is currently waiting for her results to be able to join form five and six. She wishes to be a laboratory technician when she completes her studies and be able to support her parents and siblings. Witness’ father used to work as foreman at a construction site but after the project matured he has not been able to get any other job thus he is now forced to seek any casual day jobs to be able to support his family. The mother sells vegetables and the little income she gets she helps her husband to support her family. Witness was diagnosed with right genu varus. Her leg is bowed so that her knees cannot touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Witness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 24th. Treatment will hopefully restore Witness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Witness says, “My secondary education has been really challenging for me due to my leg’s condition. If you can help correct my leg I would be able to continue with my further studies with ease without all this challenges I am going through.”

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52%funded
$436raised
$402to go

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