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Success! Stanley from Kenya raised $423 to fund hydrocele surgery.

Stanley
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Stanley's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2019.

Photo of Stanley post-operation

October 3, 2019

Stanley underwent hydrocele surgery.

Stanley had successful surgery to repair the hydrocele. This has minimized the risk of strangulation which can restrict blood flow to the body tissues, including infection or tumor either of which might reduce sperm production or function.

“Thank you for paying for my treatment. My grandmother would not have raised the money that was needed. Thank you again,” says Stanley.

Stanley had successful surgery to repair the hydrocele. This has minimized the risk of strangulation which can restrict blood flow to the bo...

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September 8, 2019

Stanley is a child from Kenya. Stanley’s parents abandoned him at his paternal grandmother’s home when he was only a year and some months old never to be seen again. Under her care, are other four grandchildren. Stanley’s grandmother is sickly but works hard enough to ensure her grandchildren are well fed. She does laundry in the neighborhood to provide just enough for her family.

For some time now, Stanley has had right hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort Fortunately, on September 9th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Stanley’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“My own children left all their children under my care and none provides for them. I have to wake up very early daily to look for people who want their clothes washed. Sometimes I get, sometimes I don’t,” Says Stanley’s grandmother

Stanley is a child from Kenya. Stanley’s parents abandoned him at his paternal grandmother’s home when he was only a year and some months ol...

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Stanley's Timeline

  • September 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Stanley was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • September 09, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stanley 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.

  • September 09, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stanley's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Stanley's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stanley's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Stanley'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.