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Success! Daniel from Kenya raised $528 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Daniel
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$528
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$0
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Fully funded
Daniel's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2017.

Photo of Daniel post-operation

February 1, 2017

Daniel underwent successful hernia repair surgery.

He is no longer at risk of a strangulated hernia. He will return to his life pain-free.

“Your generosity brings a message of hope with it and the knowledge that there are very caring people. Thank you so much,” says Daniel’s mother.

He is no longer at risk of a strangulated hernia. He will return to his life pain-free. “Your generosity brings a message of hope with it...

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December 4, 2016

Daniel is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. When he visited our medical partner, he had a visible swelling on his lower abdomen. His condition, which developed in October, made him feel shy around other children.

On December 5, Daniel underwent surgery to repair the hernia. This surgery reduced his risk of a strangulated hernia.

Daniel is the youngest child in his family. He was adopted by his parents at a young age. His parents are farmers who grow food and keep livestock. They live in a wooden house. They cannot afford Daniel’s care, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 in funding.

“I want my boy to be well and start schooling like a normal child,” says Daniel’s mother. Fortunately, he is scheduled to start school in January.

Daniel is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. When he visited our medical partner, he had a visib...

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Daniel's Timeline

  • December 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Daniel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 05, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daniel received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH).

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 01, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $528 for Daniel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$522
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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