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Success! William from Kenya raised $737 to fund hernia repair surgery.

William
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$737
raised
$0
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Fully funded
William's treatment was fully funded on August 9, 2022.

Photo of William post-operation

August 31, 2022

William underwent life-changing hernia repair surgery.

William’s surgery to repair the hernia that was causing swelling and pain in his stomach was a success! He went home the next day, and he’s now able to work normally again and to live a much more comfortable life.

“I had nothing and nobody that would help pay my bills,” William said. “I cannot pay it back, but I know God will do this for me. May God bless everyone who was involved in settling my bills for this surgery.”

William's surgery to repair the hernia that was causing swelling and pain in his stomach was a success! He went home the next day, and he's ...

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April 1, 2022

Meet William, a quiet 54-year-old man. William is a maize farmer from a humble background. He never received an education and speaks his local native language. William has been blessed with nine children and lives in a semi-permanent house built from mud. William’s eldest son helps his father farm and provide for his younger siblings.

William has been experiencing abdominal pain for nearly three years. The pain is intermittent, but has recently caused vomiting and digestive complications. William went to a health center where he was treated for gastritis. Unfortunately, his condition did not improve, rather it worsened. William visited our medical partner’s care center to have an ultrasound and was subsequently diagnosed with a hernia. Fortunately, William is scheduled for hernia repair surgery on April 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping William raise $737 to fund this surgery so that he can continue to support his family.

William is grateful for help so that he can get healthy again. He shared, “My hope is to get treated, be well and continue supporting my family.”

Meet William, a quiet 54-year-old man. William is a maize farmer from a humble background. He never received an education and speaks his loc...

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William's Timeline

  • April 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    William was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    William received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    William's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    William's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    William's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Double Hernia/ Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $737 for William's treatment
Hospital Fees
$436
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$9
Supplies
$195
Labs
$25
Other
$69
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.