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David from Kenya raised $440 for surgery to repair a hernia.

David
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  • $440 raised, $0 to go
$440
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Fully funded
David's treatment was fully funded on October 14, 2015.

Photo of David post-operation

November 29, 2015

David received successful surgery to repair his hernia.

“David’s surgery was initially postponed due to high blood pressure and he was put on medication to stabilize the pressure and get him ready for surgery,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “On the 6th of November, David underwent successful hernia repair. He is no longer in pain and the risk of intestinal strangulation has been eliminated. David is looking forward to going back to working on his farm after his is fully recovered from the surgery.”

"David's surgery was initially postponed due to high blood pressure and he was put on medication to stabilize the pressure and get him ready...

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September 30, 2015

David is a 65-year-old husband and father from Kenya who makes a living as a small-scale farmer of maize and beans.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “David experiences swelling and sporadic pain in his right inguinal region. The pain has prevented him from working on his farm.”

David’s symptoms are the result of a right inguinal hernia, a protrusion of the intestines through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. The protrusion presents as a painful bulge in the groin, and the pain increases with coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects. “If not treated,” explains AMHF, “the intestine could become strangulated and that would lead to its death.”

Doctors have told David that he needs surgery to repair the hernia. During the procedure, a surgeon pushes the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sews together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area.

Because of his inability to work, David has not been able to raise enough money to pay for the surgery he needs. “Now my wife works alone on the farm,” says David. “We fully depend on the little the farm produces since my children all earn just enough to support their own families.”

$440 in funding will pay for surgery for David as well as two days of hospital care. “We expect that after the surgery and recovery, David will no longer be in pain and the risk of strangulation will be eliminated,” reports AMHF.

“I want to get better so that I can work with [my wife] again,” shares David. Let’s help make that happen!

David is a 65-year-old husband and father from Kenya who makes a living as a small-scale farmer of maize and beans. Our medical partner,...

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David's Timeline

  • September 30, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    David was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • October 01, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David received treatment. 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.

  • October 09, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 29, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on David. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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