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Success! Dennis from the Philippines raised $1,437 for hernia repair surgery.

  • $1,437 raised, $0 to go
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Dennis's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2016.

Photo of Dennis post-operation

September 20, 2016

Dennis received successful hernia repair surgery.

Dennis is now fully recovered, and “is ready to give all his best to work for his family,” shares his medical team at International Care Ministries (ICM). “Impressive changes were seen in Dennis, he now can work without the pain he usually felt before. He can now lift heavy objects with ease.”

“Dennis was very overwhelmed of the encouragements he received from the donors, as well as with the financial help,” ICM adds. “He expressed that even though he can’t pay back their help, he will always pray that they are blessed. His wife and son were very happy for Dennis also and were grateful for the donors.”

“It was a life-changing experience for me,” Dennis shared after surgery. “Having a condition like hernia is a great suffering but it was turned into blessing because now I know that there are people who really wanted to help. I thought this would be forever and I would never be a good dad and a husband to my son and wife, but it was not. Thank you so much for giving me another chance to live. I will do my best to be a good provider for my family.”

Dennis is now fully recovered, and "is ready to give all his best to work for his family," shares his medical team at International Care Min...

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July 11, 2016

Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month.

Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family.

Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family.

Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi’s medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis’ condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis’ income is only enough for their daily needs.

$1,437 will fund Dennis’ hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family.

“I did not expect that my condition would be given attention,” shared Dennis. “Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot.”

Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small b...

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Dennis's Timeline

  • July 11, 2016

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

  • July 13, 2016

    Dennis received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center 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.

  • July 22, 2016

    Dennis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2016

    Dennis's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2016

    Dennis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Inguinal Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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