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Bright from Kenya raised $444 to fund hernia repair so he can feel well.

Bright
100%
  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bright's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2021.
September 1, 2021

Bright was scheduled to undergo hernia repair but has not yet returned for treatment.

Our medical partner shared that unfortunately Bright’s family has not returned for his surgery despite a lot of effort. The hospital is continuing to try to reach them, but haven’t been successful. There has been limitations on movement and travel due to COVID-19 so this may have impacted their plans right now. Our medical partner has asked that we support another patient who is currently waiting for care. Thank you.

Our medical partner shared that unfortunately Bright's family has not returned for his surgery despite a lot of effort. The hospital is cont...

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June 16, 2021

Bright is a young boy from Kenya who is very shy when it comes to interacting with strangers. Bright is the younger brother in a family of two children. His mother is a homemaker while his father is a welder in a local warehouse, so they earn limited income and have been renting their home in Uthiru.

About one year ago, Bright is diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, which causes him to experience weakness and pain. Fortunately, on June 17th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $444 to fund Bright’s surgery so he can be rid of the discomfort.

Bright’s mother says, “We have tried everything we could for our son to get treated but none has been successful. When we almost gave up, we decided to give it the last try and it has paid off but we have no money to cater for Bright’s surgery.”

Bright is a young boy from Kenya who is very shy when it comes to interacting with strangers. Bright is the younger brother in a family of t...

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Bright's Timeline

  • June 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Bright was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bright's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 1, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Bright is no longer raising funds.

  • September 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bright's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Bright'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.