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Success! Godwin from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair.

Godwin
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Godwin's treatment was fully funded on July 22, 2021.

Photo of Godwin post-operation

August 9, 2021

Godwin underwent hernia repair.

Godwin’s surgery of inguinal hernia repair went well and his condition was successfully corrected. Godwin is now doing well! He’s no longer crying due to pain and slowly getting back to his cheerful and playful self.

“God bless you all so much for making my son’s treatment possible. Without your help and support we would still be struggling seeking treatment for our son. Thank you very much,” says Godwin’s mother.

Godwin’s surgery of inguinal hernia repair went well and his condition was successfully corrected. Godwin is now doing well! He's no longer ...

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July 3, 2021

Godwin is a two-year-old baby boy and the first born child in a family of two children. Godwin’s parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables, which is what their family relies on mainly for food. Earlier this year Godwin’s father traveled to Kenya to try making a living by selling Maasai sandals, belts and beads. He is able to send back some money once in a while.

In the past three weeks, Godwin’s mother noticed that Godwin has not been himself. He’s having pain and cries a lot. Godwin has been diagnosed with inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, on July 4th, Godwin is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $566 to fund Godwin’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably.

Godwin’s mother shares, “My baby is usually in pain when the area swells up. Please help him get this treatment for we are not able to afford the cost.”

Godwin is a two-year-old baby boy and the first born child in a family of two children. Godwin's parents are small scale farmers of maize an...

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Godwin's Timeline

  • July 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Godwin received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Godwin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Godwin's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Godwin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Godwin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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