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Shedrack from Tanzania raised $566 to fund surgery to repair his bilateral inguinal hernia.

Shedrack
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shedrack's treatment was fully funded on July 29, 2020.
July 30, 2020

Shedrack did not yet undergo surgery to repair his hernia.

Our medical partner shared with us that Shedrack’s treatment has been postponed for now as he is receiving medical care due to a number of other conditions that doctors have identified. His pediatricians have determined it would be safer for him to have surgery once they further stabilize his underlying heart condition and congenital infection. He is currently on oxygen and the medical team is providing ongoing care and treatment to ensure he is more stable and healthy before proceeding.

Our hope is that Watsi donors can support his treatment in the future. Thank you!

Our medical partner shared with us that Shedrack's treatment has been postponed for now as he is receiving medical care due to a number of o...

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July 15, 2020

Shedrack is an infant from Tanzania. He is the fourth born child to his mother and one of sixteen children to his father. Shedrack’s mother keeps cows and goats and his father works as a guard.

Since birth, Shedrack has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. The hernia may result in intestinal obstruction resulting in tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on July 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $566 to fund Shedrack’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Shedrack’s mother shared, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he is no longer in pain and he is able to eat and feed well.”

Shedrack is an infant from Tanzania. He is the fourth born child to his mother and one of sixteen children to his father. Shedrack’s mother ...

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Shedrack's Timeline

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shedrack was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • July 16, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Shedrack was scheduled to receive 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.

  • July 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shedrack's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Shedrack is no longer raising funds.

  • July 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Shedrack'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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