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Success! Suresh from Nepal raised $491 to treat a severe inguinal hernia.

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Suresh's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2016.

Photo of Suresh post-operation

February 11, 2016

Suresh received successful hernia repair surgery.

“There will be some pain in the area of surgery but Suresh will be given medicine to control the pain. Because Suresh works in the field, he will have to avoid lifting heavy weight or doing strenuous activities. However in about two months time, Suresh can go about his daily activities without any difficulty,” shares his doctor at Possible Health.

“Suresh is already feeling so much better,” his brother told his doctor. “Not only is he free of pain but he feels confident with the stigmatized condition treated. I can see the twinkle in his eyes to begin a new chapter in his life.”

"There will be some pain in the area of surgery but Suresh will be given medicine to control the pain. Because Suresh works in the field, he...

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January 3, 2016

Five years ago, 26-year-old Suresh was treated for an inguinal hernia. Possible, our medical partner in Nepal, explains that Suresh’s previous condition has returned, demanding immediate medical intervention.

Possible tells us, “Suresh’s current condition is deteriorated by gastritis [inflammation in his stomach lining] and fever, and he has been bedridden since last week.” Due to the pain, Suresh finds it difficult even to speak.

An inguinal hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through a weak part of the abdominal cavity. Typically, the condition leads to pain in the groin area. If untreated, Suresh is at risk of “hernia strangulation,” a life-threatening situation in which blood supply is cut off from the site of the hernia.

For $491, Suresh can receive a hernia repair operation to treat his condition. The protruding part of his intestine will be placed back into its normal position, alleviating Suresh’s symptoms while also preventing further complications.

While he used to work in India, Suresh now lives with his parents and younger brother in Nepal. To help put food on the table, Suresh tends to the family’s farm. After treatment, Suresh will be liberated from his current pain and can return to his normal activities.

“I wish for my brother’s treatment to happen as fast as possible. He is in so much pain,” Suresh’s brother shares.

Five years ago, 26-year-old Suresh was treated for an inguinal hernia. Possible, our medical partner in Nepal, explains that Suresh’s previo...

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Suresh's Timeline

  • January 3, 2016

    Suresh was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible.

  • January 5, 2016

    Suresh received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal. 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.

  • January 13, 2016

    Suresh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 4, 2016

    Suresh's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 11, 2016

    Suresh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

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