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Success! Allan from Kenya raised $585 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Allan
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$585
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$0
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Fully funded
Allan's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Allan post-operation

January 12, 2022

Allan underwent hernia repair surgery.

Allan had a worrying condition which required hernia repair surgery. If left untreated, his hernia could have become stuck or strangulated. Fortunately, Allan underwent surgery and all went as planned. He’s now feeling well and is back home with his family.

Allan’s mother said, “Our kid had undergone a lot having visited many facilities. I am hopeful now that he has received treatment and his future looks bright.”

Allan had a worrying condition which required hernia repair surgery. If left untreated, his hernia could have become stuck or strangulated. ...

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November 22, 2021

Allan is a 4-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Allan’s mother is a homemaker, while his father works as a boda-boda taxi driver. Their family lives in a 2-room rental house and shared that they do not currently have any insurance coverage and cannot cover the costs of the procedure that Allan needs.

Allan is experiencing a left inguinal hernia, which requires surgery to address the risk of complications. Without treatment, there is a risk that the hernia can become stuck or block blood flow to the intestine.

Fortunately, on November 24th, Allan will undergo repair surgery at the hospital of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). AMH is requesting $585 to fund Allan’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably.

Allan’s mother shared, “Our baby is small and already having several hospital visits. If not treated, this will affect his life even in the future.”

Allan is a 4-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Allan’s mother is a homemaker, while his father works as a boda...

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Allan's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Allan was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Allan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Allan received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Allan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Allan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $585 for Allan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$421
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$31
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$28
  • 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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Lydia

Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and their eldest child is now 50 years old. They own a four-room mud house and work hard to try to make ends meet for their family. Over 20 years ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and a small swelling which she initially thought would disappear on its own but it did not. Currently, she suffers from airway obstruction and can no longer climb hills comfortably. She very much likes playing and dancing (traditional dances) with her grandchildren but no longer does so comfortably in her current condition. She was scheduled for a surgery appointment at Kabale Referral Hospital about four months ago, but had to cancel because she was unable to raise the funds for surgery. She has now come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek treatment for her multi-nodular goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 14th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Lydia and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to finally get relieved of the goitre through surgery because I have lived in this undesirable condition for quite long. I hope to continue with farming comfortably after my treatment.”

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