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Success! Peter from Kenya raised $450 to fund a hydrocele repair.

Peter
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  • $450 raised, $0 to go
$450
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Peter's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Peter post-operation

April 8, 2021

Peter underwent a hydrocele repair.

Peter underwent successful surgery on March 16, 2021 after being diagnosed with bilateral hydrocele. He had a calm and smooth recovery in the hospital ward and was discharged home a day after his surgery.

Before the surgery, Peter experienced pain in a sensitive area, and now he has little pain. Peter is on track for a full recovery and he is excited to be feeling well again.

Peter shared, “I am no longer embarrassed and I feel more confident walking around. I am grateful for the surgery because I was unable to pay for the surgical costs.”

Peter underwent successful surgery on March 16, 2021 after being diagnosed with bilateral hydrocele. He had a calm and smooth recovery in th...

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March 3, 2021

Peter is a 57-year-old married father of nine. Both he and his wife are maize farmers. They shared that they have worked incredibly hard and struggled to raise their nine children because of their socioeconomic status, and none of them have been able to finish school due to a lack of funds for school fees.

Peter was admitted to the hospital recently and diagnosed with bilateral hydrocele, a condition he has had for more than two years. He has experienced severe pain in a sensitive area and mild headaches. The surgical team has recommended that Peter undergo a hydrocelectomy to help cure his condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $450 to fund surgery for Peter. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th.

Peter shared, “My hope is to be well. I want to get treated and continue supporting my family.”

Peter is a 57-year-old married father of nine. Both he and his wife are maize farmers. They shared that they have worked incredibly hard and...

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Peter's Timeline

  • March 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Peter was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Peter's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Peter received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital 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.

  • March 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Peter's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Peter's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Double Hernia/ Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Peter's treatment
Hospital Fees
$83
Medical Staff
$173
Medication
$65
Supplies
$94
Labs
$13
Other
$22
  • 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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