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Success! Rame from Nepal raised $451 for hernia repair surgery.

Rame
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  • $451 raised, $0 to go
$451
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rame's treatment was fully funded on September 26, 2016.

Photo of Rame post-operation

October 25, 2016

Rame successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Rame is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his wife, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he is in much less pain now and feeling more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation. After a full recovery, Rame will be able to go back to work in the field.

“I hope to be strong again and work in the field with no difficulty,” shares Rame.

Rame is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his wife, and already feeling so much better. He has...

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August 15, 2016

“I am so glad I am getting this treatment,” Rame shares.

Rame is a 63-year-old man who lives with his wife and son in Nepal. Their family is entirely dependent on agriculture for their income. But because of his advanced age, Rame has trouble working for extended periods of time. Although Rame’s son supports him in the field, the yield from their farming covers their needs for only about three months of the year.

For this reason, Rame needs help paying for treatment of a medical issue he has been dealing with recently. About a week ago, Rame developed a hernia on the left side of his groin area. Hernias in this area of the body typically arise when the intestine bursts through a weak spot of the abdominal wall and presses into the inguinal canal, a part of the reproductive system.

Rame’s hernia makes it very painful for him to walk. Nonetheless, his discomfort eventually grew so intense that he risked the seven-hour walk to Bayalpata Hospital. There, he was told that he needs to undergo hernia repair surgery. If untreated, Rame runs the risk of developing fatal complications, such as tissue death.

That’s where you come in. For $451, we can sponsor Rame’s operation, as well as the hospital stay, medications, and lab tests that will ensure he recuperates safely. With intervention now, Rame will be able to enjoy a more physically comfortable and safe old age with his wife and son.

“I am so glad I am getting this treatment,” Rame shares. Rame is a 63-year-old man who lives with his wife and son in Nepal. Their family...

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Rame's Timeline

  • August 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rame was submitted by Dharma Raj Kadayat, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.

  • August 15, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rame received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital. 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.

  • September 09, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rame's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rame's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rame's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $451 for Rame's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$84
Supplies
$2
Travel
$14
Labs
$64
Radiology
$4
Other
$65
  • 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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