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Success! Isaac from Kenya raised $528 to fund his hernia surgery.

Isaac
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$528
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$0
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Isaac's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2017.
January 24, 2017

Issac is a 19-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of two children. At an even younger age, Issac was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when when the intestine or fatty tissue breaks through a weak point in the inguinal canal. This causes swelling and pain in sensitive areas.

Unfortunately, Issac contracted tuberculosis and his physicians postponed Issac’s surgery until he reached a healthier state. As a result, the swelling from the inguinal hernia has become quite significant and physicians fear it could restrict blood supply to the surrounding tissue and cause damage, or even become life threatening. He has been scheduled for surgery on January 25, 2017. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 to fund his hernia repair surgery.

Isaac’s father says “We will appreciate if we get help for his treatment.”

Issac is a 19-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of two children. At an even younger age, Issac was diagnosed with an inguinal her...

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Isaac's Timeline

  • January 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Isaac was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 25, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Isaac was scheduled to receive 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 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Isaac's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Isaac's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Isaac's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $528 for Isaac'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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