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Success! Brian from Kenya raised $444 to fund a hernia repair surgery.

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Brian's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2021.

Photo of Brian post-operation

February 18, 2021

Brian underwent a hernia repair surgery.

Brian had successful surgery at our Medical Partner’s Care Center. Both Brian and his father are very happy for the surgery. Brian is now free from the regular pain he was experiencing before. He can now assist in doing the daily chores and is feeling very confident to resume school after the long break. His father continues to bring him to the clinic so the medical team and assess his full recovery.

Brian’s father said: “I am very happy for Brian to have undergone this surgery. I am thankful to the sponsors and I am praying for Brian to recover fully.”

Brian had successful surgery at our Medical Partner's Care Center. Both Brian and his father are very happy for the surgery. Brian is now fr...

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December 28, 2020

Brian is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya and the last born in a family of three children. Eleven months ago, Brian started experiencing some pain in his lower abdominal area. The pain would come and go after a few minutes. After a few weeks of enduring the pain, he opened up to his elder brother about what he was experiencing. Though Brian was hesitant to tell his father, Brian’s brother talked to their father so that Brian could seek treatment for his condition.

Upon visiting a nearby facility for examination, the doctor diagnosed Brian with a right inguinal hernia. However, the facility could not offer the surgical intervention required, so the physician referred Brian to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. The hernia repair surgery Brian needs will relieve him of the pain and help him return to his normal life activities.

This procedure is too costly for Brian and his family. His father is a bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) driver and his mother operates a small grocery shop. The income generated from both businesses is not enough for the family to pay for his surgery, so their family appeals for financial help.

Fortunately, on December 31st, Brian will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Brian’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Brian’s father shared, “Knowing about Brian’s condition, I am afraid that without the surgical intervention, my son will not be well again. From our side, we are not able to raise any amount of money to cater for his surgery, so we have requested financial support.”

Brian is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya and the last born in a family of three children. Eleven months ago, Brian started experiencing some pa...

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Brian's Timeline

  • December 28, 2020

    Brian was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 29, 2020

    Brian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2020

    Brian 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.

  • January 1, 2021

    Brian's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 18, 2021

    Brian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Brian's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Selinah is a 31-year-old nun from Uganda. She serves as a nun under Our Lady of Fatima Rushoroza and is currently posted to the formation house of the Missionaries of Africa. She does not receive salary for her services apart from a small allowance for personal use. She is the fifth born in a family of 10 and her parents are small-scale farmers. For three years, Selinah has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She was treated for a bacterial infection with no change in symptoms. She has also had several medications from different medical centers. None of them helped, and in the last year her condition has worsened. She can no longer stand comfortably for long because she has pains extending to her lower body. Selinah has challenges getting out of bed due to this pain. Selinah has been diagnosed with leiomyoma and endometrial hyperplasia. If not treated, she is at a risk of endometrial carcinoma and other severe complications like anaemia. Selinah has sought financial support from her congregation, but shared that they are unable to meet the surgery cost because of the number of congregants affected by COVID-19. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Selinah's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Selinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sister Selinah says, “My condition has generally affected my duties and life as a nun. Given treatment, I will be able to do all my day to day duties and be able to develop my congregation. I will continue serving the Lord by helping others where I can.”

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