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Success! Cesar from Guatemala raised $773 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Cesar
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  • $773 raised, $0 to go
$773
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$0
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Fully funded
Cesar's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Cesar post-operation

November 13, 2018

Cesar underwent hernia repair surgery.

Following his hernia surgery, Cesar is healthy and again able to enjoy playing with his siblings.

Cesar’s mother shares, “At first we did not know that Cesar had a hernia. But we are very grateful for the support that we have been given through your organization to make sure that he becomes healthy again.”

Following his hernia surgery, Cesar is healthy and again able to enjoy playing with his siblings. Cesar's mother shares, "At first we did...

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March 30, 2018

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.”

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 sibli...

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Cesar's Timeline

  • March 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Cesar was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • March 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cesar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 30, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cesar received treatment at Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala. 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.

  • November 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Cesar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cesar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $773 for Cesar's treatment
Hospital Fees
$371
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Travel
$267
Labs
$24
Other
$106
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia is a condition in which abdominal contents (intestine) bulge through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall, usually in the area of the groin. A hernia can cause the following symptoms: a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, a burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge, pain or discomfort in the groin area, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting, a heavy or dragging sensation in the groin, and weakness or pressure in the groin.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Small hernias are usually asymptomatic. However, they tend to enlarge over time and they can become very painful, even debilitating. Also, there is a risk that the intestinal contents of the hernia may become “choked” by the abdominal muscles. This is called a strangulated hernia, and it can be life threatening. Surgery prevents this life threatening complication and also restores mobility and eliminates pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias happen all around the world. In Guatemala access to the simple surgical treatment is limited. Therefore, people may have hernias for years and years, and the hernias may be quite large at the time of treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition is straightforward. It is a simple surgical procedure which often does not require an overnight hospital stay.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment improves lives. It allows young people to get back to earning a living and caring for their families. It prevents life threatening complications such as a strangulated hernia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one-time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently cures the condition. As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for patients who cannot afford to pay is many months or even years of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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