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Success! Darielis from Venezuela raised $786 to fund hernia repair surgery so she can grow up healthy and active.

Darielis
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  • $786 raised, $0 to go
$786
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$0
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Fully funded
Darielis's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Darielis post-operation

January 12, 2022

Darielis underwent hernia repair surgery so she can grow up healthy and active.

Darielis has hernia surgery and is recovering well! She’s back to smiles and will be able to use her abdominal muscles for her daily activities. Her mom is happy that she’ll stop noticing that she looks different from other kids and can just enjoy life.

Her mother said: “Thank you so much, you can’t even imagine how grateful I am. This surgery not only means a lot to my princess but to me. Seeing her with her beautiful smile, knowing that finally this hernia won’t stop her from enjoying her childhood fills my heart.”

Darielis has hernia surgery and is recovering well! She's back to smiles and will be able to use her abdominal muscles for her daily activit...

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December 6, 2021

Darielis is a loving big sister in her family of 2 siblings. Her family moved to Medellin in Colombia three years ago due to the current situation in Venezuela.

Darielis has had a hernia since birth, which has been growing rapidly. In the past she was going to school but since her mother was often called because she was in pain and suffering of bullying, she decided to take her home until everything was different. Her mom shared that even though Dairelis doesn’t know what is growing in her belly, she notices the difference with other kids and prefers not talking or playing much with them.

Our medical partner Clínica Noel has scheduled Darielis for life-changing hernia surgery on January 3rd. They are now raising $786 to fund her treatment.

Darielis’s mother says: “Thank you so much for helping my little Dairelis, this surgery will not only help her, but also help me. Since I can’t send her to school I have to stay at home taking care of her. I hope she stops comparing herself to other kids and starts enjoying her life.”

Darielis is a loving big sister in her family of 2 siblings. Her family moved to Medellin in Colombia three years ago due to the current sit...

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Darielis's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Darielis was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • December 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Darielis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Darielis's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Darielis received treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Darielis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $786 for Darielis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$530
Medical Staff
$193
Medication
$63
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

-Swelling or bulge in the groin or scrotum. -Increased pain at the site of the bulge. -Pain while lifting. -Increase in the bulge size over time. -A dull aching sensation. -A sense of feeling full or signs of bowel obstruction.

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

Hernias will not disappear on their own. Over time, a hernia can grow larger and more painful or can develop complications, such as: Obstruction: Part of the intestine becomes stuck in the inguinal canal, causing nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and a painful lump in the groin. Strangulation: Part of the intestine is trapped in a way that cuts off its blood supply.

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

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment or to travel to the city where they can access surgery.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A pediatric surgeon does a detailed review of the patient’s condition and determines the best surgical approach. In surgery an incision, or cut, is made in the groin. The hernia “sac” containing the bulging intestine is identified. The surgeon then pushes the hernia back into the abdomen and strengthens the abdominal wall with stitches or synthetic mesh.

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

After surgery, the hernia will be treated and will allow the patient to use the abdominal muscles in daily activities.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Infection, bleeding, need for multiple surgeries, viscera perforation, or bowel obstruction.

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

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative treatment.

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Samuel

Samuel is a 21-year-old talkative young man. He is the second born in a family of five children. His father passed away when he was four years old, so his mother had to raise him and his siblings by herself. She does jobs on tea farms to provide for the family. When Samuel was two years old, his abdomen started to swell, which was very painful for him. His mother took him to the hospital and he was given some medication and sent back home. The medication did not work as expected. He was then taken to a different hospital for examination. He was given more medication and after some time he seemed to be better. The stomachache did not go away completely, however. Samuel and his mother shared that over the years, he has had stomachaches and gotten used to taking pain medication. In 2017 when Samuel was in high school, the pain worsened and his abdomen started to swell again. He had to leave school as a result. His mother took him to a hospital in Meru where he was admitted for three months. While in the hospital, scans and a biopsy were done to determine what the problem was. He was given a colostomy, where the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall, in order to pass stool. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Samuel's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. At that time, his doctors did not manage to treat him and referred him to BethanyKids Hospital in 2018. On arrival, he was examined and admitted, as he was not in good condition. After more scans and tests, he was ultimately diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. Since then, Samuel has undergone several surgeries with the aim of trying to better his condition. The first surgery failed, but the second was successful. He is now scheduled to undergo his last surgery to close the colostomy so that he can pass stool on his own again and live a more active life. Earlier in his treatment, Samuel's parents had enrolled in the national health insurance program (NHIF), which helped them pay for most of his hospital bills. BethanyKids also chipped in on occasion to help with some of the bills. Unfortunately, for his last surgery, NHIF has rejected the request since he is beyond the age to be covered by his mother’s insurance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping him to undergo treatment and needs $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Samuel. The surgery is scheduled to take place on November 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel’s Mother says, “For years now, I have been very worried about my son, but God has seen us through.”

33% funded

33%funded
$362raised
$721to go

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