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Success! Min from Nepal raised $451 to fund a hernia operation.

Min
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  • $451 raised, $0 to go
$451
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Min's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Min post-operation

April 17, 2017

Min underwent a hernia operation.

Min’s operation to treat his inguinal hernia was very successful. In addition to relieving his discomfort, this operation will reduce Min’s abdominal pressure by restoring the displaced tissue and preventing his blood supply from being cut off in the future.

Min says, “I am so happy that I returned to my normal life.”

Min’s operation to treat his inguinal hernia was very successful. In addition to relieving his discomfort, this operation will reduce Min’s ...

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April 10, 2017

Min is a 40-year-old father from Nepal. He lives with his wife and four children.

One year ago, he began experiencing pain on his left groin and abdomen. Since then, it has been difficult for him to walk. He and his wife took a three-hour journey to come to our medical partner’s care center, Bayalpata Hospital. The doctors there will perform a hernia surgery on April 10.

Min works in India to support the family, and his wife works in the field and looks after the children. They cannot afford the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 to fund this surgery.

Min says, “I wish my treatment is successful.”

Min is a 40-year-old father from Nepal. He lives with his wife and four children. One year ago, he began experiencing pain on his left g...

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Min's Timeline

  • April 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Min was submitted by Dharma Raj Kadayat, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Min 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.

  • April 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Min's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Min's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Min's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $451 for Min's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$84
Supplies
$2
Travel
$14
Labs
$64
Radiology
$4
Other
$65
  • 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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