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Success! Kendrick from Kenya raised $423 to fund hernia repair.

Kendrick
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kendrick's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2020.

Photo of Kendrick post-operation

July 8, 2020

Kendrick underwent a hernia repair.

Kendrick had a successful surgery at Bethany Kids hospital. He will no longer experience swelling and pain which will make Kendrick a happy, playful boy again. He has been discharged but will soon come for assessments to review the recovery progress. Kendrick’s parents are grateful for the support.

Kendrick’s mother shared, “I am grateful for the financial help you have given to me.”

Kendrick had a successful surgery at Bethany Kids hospital. He will no longer experience swelling and pain which will make Kendrick a happy,...

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April 30, 2020

Kendrick is a 6-month old boy from Kenya. He is a chubby, quiet child who was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, a condition that develops when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal.

When he was four months old, Kendrick’s mother noticed a slight swelling on his groin. He was crying as if he was in pain. After some time the swelling retracted. A few days later, the same thing reoccurred but this time, they rushed him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Due to lack of a specialist, they were referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Kendrick is at a risk of suffering strangulation which can potentially restrict blood flow to his tissues.

Kendrick is the youngest in a family of three children. They live together in a two-room rental house in Kikuyu in Central Kenya. Kendrick’s mother is a housewife. His father is employed casually in a computer shop. With a very limited income, Kendrick’s parents are not in a position to raise the funds needed and but they have raise Kes. 10,000.

Fortunately, on May 13th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Kendrick’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I will appreciate help accorded towards my son’s surgical care,” says Kendrick’s mother.

Kendrick is a 6-month old boy from Kenya. He is a chubby, quiet child who was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, a condition that develo...

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Kendrick's Timeline

  • April 30, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kendrick was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 1, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kendrick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kendrick received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • July 8, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kendrick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kendrick's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Kendrick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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.