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Success! Alvin from Tanzania raised $539 to fund hernia treatment.

Alvin
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  • $539 raised, $0 to go
$539
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Alvin's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2020.

Photo of Alvin post-operation

April 22, 2020

Alvin underwent hernia treatment.

Alvin had a successful surgery of bilateral inguinal hernia repair, which has helped save him from the pain and discomfort he was going through. He is now able to sleep soundly and enjoys playing around.

Alvin’s mother says, “Thank you very much for your funding support which has helped my son get this surgery. He is now ok and no longer cries of pain and he sleeps soundly.”

Alvin had a successful surgery of bilateral inguinal hernia repair, which has helped save him from the pain and discomfort he was going thro...

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March 6, 2020

Alvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is a charming and very playful little boy and the only child to his young parents. His father is in a different city seeking casual electrical jobs to be able to make a living while his mother stays at home caring for him.

Since December 2019, Alvin has had inguinal hernia. This causes him pain making him to cry a lot and often not sleeping at all. Fortunately, on March 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Watsi’s medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Alvin’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Alvin’s mother says “We are unable to afford our son’s treatment cost kindly help us and save him from the discomfort and pain he goes through when the swelling appears.”

Alvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is a charming and very playful little boy and the only child to his young parents. His father is in a diff...

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Alvin's Timeline

  • March 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alvin 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.

  • March 9, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alvin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Alvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
  • 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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Zin

Zin is a 15-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two younger sisters in Tak Province in Thailand. He and his sisters are all students. His father is an agriculture day laborer and his mother is a homemaker. In his free time, Zin likes to play football with his friends. He also helps his father with his work when he has time to earn pocket money. Early morning on December 28th, Zin and his friend rode out on his friend's motorcycle to the field to help Zin's father. While driving on the dirt road, Zin's friend suddenly lost control and their motorcycle slide off the road. Zin, who was sitting behind his friend, hit his leg against a metal post beside the road andthey both fell off the motorcycle. Currently, Zin is experiencing a lot of pain in his left thigh and hip. He cannot move his leg, walk, nor go to the bathroom by himself. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Zin will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The emergency procedure is scheduled for December 28th and will cost $1,500. This treatment will help Zin heal, regain mobility in his left leg, and live pain free. He will be able to take care of himself again without requiring help from others. Zin's mother said, "I was very worried when I learned that I would need to deposit a large amount of money so that my son could receive surgery. We do not even have enough money to buy enough food to last us until the end of the month. I really needed your help and I was extremely happy when I saw your staff and was told that donors could help pay for my son's treatment! Thank you in advance to all the donors and the organization for helping my son!"

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$1,193raised
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