Cesar is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural western highlands. He loves to play soccer with his siblings and eat his favorite foods, which are beans and greens.
Cesar needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. Cesar’s hernia often makes him feel uncomfortable, and sometimes he has to sit out of a soccer game or miss a day of school because of it. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities.
Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $773 in funding, Cesar will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for April 30. Surgery will allow Cesar to feel much better again, and he will no longer have to miss a day or school or a soccer match.
Cesar’s mother says, “Since Cesar’ hernia was detected we have not been able to get him surgery because we do not have the resources. But thankfully we found you all. We are very grateful for this support.”