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Success! Samuel from the Philippines raised $508 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Samuel
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$508
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$0
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Fully funded
Samuel's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2017.

Photo of Samuel post-operation

March 14, 2017

Samuel received a successful herniotomy.

He was very happy with the results. All of his previous symptoms have been alleviated. He no longer feels pain and is working toward a full range of motion.

He says, “As a father, I am very glad to be well and able to sustain my family. This surgery gave me hope that things will be better.”

He was very happy with the results. All of his previous symptoms have been alleviated. He no longer feels pain and is working toward a full ...

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January 26, 2017

Samuel is 38 years old and from the Philippines. He is a loving and hardworking husband and father to three children. One of his goals as a father is to see all three of his children finish their schooling and get good jobs.

A few years ago, Samuel began to experience pain in his groin and swelling in his lower abdominal area. Since then, he has been unable to lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activities, making his job as a farmer difficult. With his family depending on him, Samuel decided that he would continue to work.

Due to their limited income, Samuel did not pursue treatment right away. However, with the help of his wife, Samuel was connected with our medical partner, International Care Ministries.

Samuel shares, “I thought I would not be given a chance to have the surgery and would have this condition for life, but amazingly because of prayers this great opportunity comes. You are the answer to our prayers.”

After a series of consultations and tests, Samuel discovered that he had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which an organ protrudes through weakened muscle, and a hydrocele, which had been causing the swelling.

He is scheduled to receive reparative surgery for both conditions on February 2. After receiving treatment, Samuel will be able to work with ease again and provide for his family without having to worry about his condition.

“I am so thankful that you came along, and I consider you a great blessing to our family. After the surgery and when I fully recover, I will work well for my family, and spend quality time with my children and wife,” says Samuel. “We are looking forward to a successful surgery.”

Samuel is 38 years old and from the Philippines. He is a loving and hardworking husband and father to three children. One of his goals as a ...

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Samuel's Timeline

  • January 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samuel was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • February 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samuel received treatment at Gov Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital Keep Mindy in Philippines. 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 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 24, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samuel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Inguinal Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $508 for Samuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$65
Supplies
$0
Travel
$34
Radiology
$10
Other
$100
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The most common symptoms include a local bulge or swelling and pain or discomfort in the groin. An incarcerated or strangulated hernia can lead to nausea, vomiting, fever, intense pain, and a hernia bulge that turns red, purple, or dark. This condition is life-threatening and needs urgent surgical care.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

An inguinal hernia causes pain and swelling in the groin. Because these symptoms worsen with activity, this condition can limit a patient's ability to work and participate in daily life. This may have significant financial implications for a household. If a hernia gets stuck outside of the abdominal cavity and the opening around it tightens, it is called a strangulated hernia. This condition can disrupt the blood supply to the tissue and result in death of the tissue. This condition is life-threatening.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias and hydroceles are common around the world and are not specific to our medical partner's region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

In the Philippines, most surgeries for inguinal hernias are conducted under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia is also injected into the incision. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage his or her breathing. An incision is made in the groin, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together. A patch of mesh is laid on the repaired section to strengthen the closure. The skin incision is then sutured together, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. This surgery typically takes about 30 minutes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After a time of rest and healing, the patient will be able resume normal activities. There is a very small risk that the hernia will reoccur or that another hernia will develop at a different site.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgical repair of an inguinal hernia is simple and effective. The risk of complications is very low.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most public hospitals in the Philippines offer this surgery. However, even if a family has government insurance, there are significant out-of-pocket costs that make surgery inaccessible for the poorest patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For younger children with congenital inguinal hernias, there is no alternative treatment to surgery. Older patients who are not suitable candidates for surgery may wear a truss, a suspender that provides support to the hernia.

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