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Success! Erick from Tanzania raised $566 to fund a bilateral inguinal hernia.

Erick
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Fully funded
Erick's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Erick post-operation

June 10, 2021

Erick underwent a bilateral inguinal hernia surgery.

Erick has had a successful surgery that helped correct his inguinal hernia condition, which was causing him pain and discomfort. Through his surgery, Erick is now ok and no longer at risk of complications. His family is relieved to know that he can now lead a full life.

Erick’s mother says, “Thank you for the help and support you have provided to make my son’s treatment possible. God bless you all.

Erick has had a successful surgery that helped correct his inguinal hernia condition, which was causing him pain and discomfort. Through his...

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March 21, 2021

Erick is a 10-month-old baby and the last born in a family of two children. He is already developing a sweet personality and is a charming young boy. Erick’s parents are small scale farmers who grow maize and vegetables for their food. His father also seeks casual labouring jobs like working on other people’s farms to supplement their income.

Since he was three months old, Erick has had a bilateral inguinal hernia and bilateral undescended testis. Each time the hernia swelling would appear or disappear it would increase in size and make Erick very uncomfortable. As a result, Erick would cry a lot and was unable to sleep or eat well.

Fortunately, on March 22nd, Erick will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $566 to fund Erick’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to grow and live more comfortably and confidently.

Erick’s mother shared, “My baby is usually in pain when the swelling appears making him not be able to sleep or eat well. Please help him.”

Erick is a 10-month-old baby and the last born in a family of two children. He is already developing a sweet personality and is a charming y...

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Erick's Timeline

  • March 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Erick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Erick received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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

    Erick's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Erick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Erick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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Leakhen is a bright and hardworking 12-year-old girl. She and her brother live with their parents, who are rainy day farmers, in Takeo province in Cambodia. Leakhen enjoys playing with her brother, reading books, and doing homework. When she grows up, Leakhen would like to be a teacher. Leakhen was born with congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is the presence of an abnormal curvature of the spine. The curvature causes the spinal column to bend left or right. Leakhen is not able to stand up straight or expand her lungs, which causes her frequent fatigue and chronic pain. Because of the stress that scoliosis places on the vital organs of adolescents and their ability to grow, active treatment is required. If not corrected, she could experience progressive weakness, numbness, or a loss of coordination. Leakhen is embarrassed to go places because of her condition. She has had two previous surgical procedures, and surgeons have determined that she needs a revision of her spinal rod to help her heal. Leakhen and her family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, she will undergo a revision of her spinal rod. During this procedure, surgeons will implant and expand a rod to allow her to continue to grow normally. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. This support will help her feel confident and be active like other children her age. Leakhen said, "I hope that my spine will look better and I can play with other children."

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