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Success! Patrick from Kenya raised $444 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Patrick
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Patrick's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Patrick post-operation

November 4, 2020

Patrick underwent hernia repair surgery.

Patrick had a successful surgery in our medical partner’s care facility. The procedure stopped the swelling he was experiencing and reduced the chances of any further damage that could have resulted from his hernia. His mother will continue to bring him to follow-up clinics for the doctor to assess his recovery.

Patrick’s mother shared, “I am so happy that Patrick has been treated.”

Patrick had a successful surgery in our medical partner's care facility. The procedure stopped the swelling he was experiencing and reduced ...

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August 25, 2020

Patrick is a 5-month-old from Kenya. Having to feed a family of four children, his parents shared that they strain to put food on the table. Patrick’s mother washes clothes for their neighbors to earn a few coins and his father does any casual jobs that he can come across.

Since birth, Patrick has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, this hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or tissue death. Fortunately, on August 27th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $444 to fund Patrick’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Patrick’s mother says, “Seeing Patrick treated will bring great joy to us as a family.”

Patrick is a 5-month-old from Kenya. Having to feed a family of four children, his parents shared that they strain to put food on the table....

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Patrick's Timeline

  • August 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Patrick received 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.

  • August 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Patrick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Patrick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Patrick's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Patrick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$21
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.