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John from Kenya raised $423 to fund hernia surgery.

John
100%
  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
John's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2019.
December 26, 2019

John did not need our support for his hernia surgery.

According to John’s mother, a well-wisher now offered to fund John’s hospital bill. They shared their gratitude with us and his family requested that the support from Watsi donors should go to help someone else who has no chance for treatment.

According to John's mother, a well-wisher now offered to fund John's hospital bill. They shared their gratitude with us and his family reque...

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December 2, 2019

John is a ten-year-old student in Kenya. He aspires to be a pilot in future. John is the firstborn of two children and lives with his parents and younger sister in a one-room rental house in Central Kenya. John’s mother is a housewife while his father is a casual matatu driver. Their family’s income is only sufficient for daily needs.

Unfortunately, John was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia a week ago. This condition occurs when tissues, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. John has been doing well until recently when he developed abdominal pains. His father took him to the nearest hospital where he was examined. John was referred to Watsi’s partner BethanyKids for specialized treatment. He was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and surgery recommended.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund John’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“My salary as a driver cannot fully cater for the needed surgery,” says John’s father.

John is a ten-year-old student in Kenya. He aspires to be a pilot in future. John is the firstborn of two children and lives with his parent...

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John's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    John was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 05, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    John was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • December 05, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2019
    FUNDING ENDED

    John is no longer raising funds.

  • December 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for John's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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