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Success! Jovin from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Jovin
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
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$0
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Fully funded
Jovin's treatment was fully funded on June 9, 2021.

Photo of Jovin post-operation

June 21, 2021

Jovin underwent hernia repair surgery.

Jovin had a successful surgery that helped correct his hernia that was causing him pain, to cry a lot, and not be able to sleep. Now, his mother can tell that Jovin is feeling so much better. He is no longer in pain, is able to eat well, and can sleep soundly.

Jovin’s mother appreciates the treatment: “God bless you very much for your help in treating my son. He was going through pain and making him cry a lot. Thank you very much.”

Jovin had a successful surgery that helped correct his hernia that was causing him pain, to cry a lot, and not be able to sleep. Now, his mo...

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May 4, 2021

Jovin is a beautiful one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania and the first child born to his young parents. Jovin’s parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their family’s food and for their living.

Since birth, Jovin has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue death or damage.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jovin to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Jovin’s surgery.

Jovin’s father shared, “the cost of treating our son’s condition is too high for us to afford and he is suffering. Please help if possible.”

Jovin is a beautiful one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania and the first child born to his young parents. Jovin's parents are small scale far...

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Jovin's Timeline

  • May 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jovin 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.

  • May 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jovin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jovin's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jovin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Jovin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.