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!