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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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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.

  • December 5, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daniel received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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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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Brian

Brian is an 11-year-old boy, living with his grandmother and two younger siblings. Brian's mother left when they were young and his grandmother has been raising them. She practices small scale farming on her land, in an effort to provide for the family. About a month ago, Brian came to his grandmother and told her that he was different from the other boys he knows. Brian's grandmother brought him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, which means that he has an undescended testicle. His grandmother was told that Brian would need surgery to correct this condition. Without surgery, he risks infection, strangulation, cancer, and the possibility of infertility, down the road. Brian will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 16th at Nazareth Hospital, and African Mission Healthcare Foundation is raising $483 to cover the total cost of Brian's procedure and care. After surgery, Brian will continue to be the active young man that he has always been, helping his grandmother to take care of his younger siblings, and secure in the knowledge that he is just like all of the other boys he knows. “My daughter left me with these children to struggle with them. And since they are my grandchildren, I love them and would not like any of them feeling unwell; especially Brian because he helps me a lot. I plead for support so that he can be treated and be well to continue assisting me and also be like the other boys,” said Brian's grandmother.

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