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Success! Govinda from Nepal raised $451 to fund hernia repair.

Govinda
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  • $451 raised, $0 to go
$451
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Govinda's treatment was fully funded on June 8, 2017.

Photo of Govinda post-operation

March 2, 2017

Govinda underwent successful hernia repair.

The wound has healed, and he can return home. He is no longer at risk of developing intestinal obstruction. Govinda is looking forward to being pain-free.

Govinda says, “I am so happy that I am relieved from pain.”

The wound has healed, and he can return home. He is no longer at risk of developing intestinal obstruction. Govinda is looking forward to be...

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February 6, 2017

Govinda is a 59-year-old man who lives with his wife and children. His family is entirely dependent on agriculture. While his wife looks after the cattle, he tends to the farm with his son. This income keeps the family fed for only four months of the entire year.

Govinda has had a painful hernia for ten years. His hernia has made it very difficult for him to walk. Recently, unable to tolerate the pain any longer, he traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Bayalpata Hospital. He is scheduled for hernia repair surgery on February 7.

Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 to fund this procedure. After treatment, Govinda will be able to walk and tend to his farm without any pain.

Govinda is a 59-year-old man who lives with his wife and children. His family is entirely dependent on agriculture. While his wife looks aft...

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Govinda's Timeline

  • February 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Govinda was submitted by Dharma Raj Kadayat, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.

  • February 07, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Govinda received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital. 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.

  • February 08, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Govinda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Govinda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 08, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Govinda's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $451 for Govinda'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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84%funded
$1,263raised
$237to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Shin

Shin is a 15-year-old novice monk from Burma. He lives and studies with his brother in Aung Damar Zinyone Learning Centre Monastery in Insein Township, Yangon Division. His father is a government officer for the ministry of religious affairs and culture and his mother is a shopkeeper and sells rice and curry. Although his parents send them pocket money, they cannot always do so. Instead, Shin and his brother are supported by the monks, and he collects donations of food from the community with the other monks, during morning alms collections. In his free time Shin like to play football with his friends. Sometimes, he likes to read books and study to learn new things. Shin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Shin has difficulty breathing, is unable to sleep at night and sometimes he has a fever during the night. He cannot walk long distances and he has difficulty walking up stairs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Shin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 21 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “When I grow up, I want to become a monk to help those in need as well as children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school,” said Shin. “This has been my dream since I was a child.”

84% funded

84%funded
$1,263raised
$237to go