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Success! William from Kenya raised $446 to fund a hernia repair surgery.

William
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$446
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Fully funded
William's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of William post-operation

September 23, 2020

William underwent a hernia repair surgery.

After a successful right inguinal hernia repair surgery, doctors finally recommended William to be discharged home. According to the surgical team, he will be able to get back to his routine duties soon and be able to work normally. However, he was advised to focus on a complete healing before engaging in any heavy activities.

William shared with gratitude, “I am happy I received treatment and I know my life will get back to normal.”

After a successful right inguinal hernia repair surgery, doctors finally recommended William to be discharged home. According to the surgica...

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July 19, 2020

William is a mini-bus driver from Kenya. He is his family’s sole breadwinner since his wife is a stay-at-home mom.

He started experiencing abdominal pains and continual weakness in his joints in April 2019. The stomach aches have since became so severe that he is not able to go to work or perform his day-to-day activities.

His doctors have diagnosed him with a right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On July 20th he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

He needs your help to raise $425 to cover the cost of his surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

William shared, “I am unable to work due to the persistent pains and I have a young family that depends on me for everything. This surgery will enable my life to get back to normal.”

William is a mini-bus driver from Kenya. He is his family’s sole breadwinner since his wife is a stay-at-home mom. He started experiencin...

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William's Timeline

  • July 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    William was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    William's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    William received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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.

  • September 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    William's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    William's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hernia Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for William's treatment
Hospital Fees
$434
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$3
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
  • 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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Shoh

Shoh is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and two daughters in Nu Poe Refugee Camp in Thailand. In the camp, Shoh and his oldest son are teachers who teach about the Quran for other refugees. They each earn 1,200 baht (approx. 40 USD) per month. His wife is often sick, and his eldest daughter has to look after her at home. His daughter-in-law is a homemaker while his youngest daughter and son are students. Shoh’s household receives 1,110 baht (approx. 37 USD) every month on a cash card to purchase rations in the camp. Their monthly household income is just enough to cover their daily expenses as they also receive free basic health care and education in the camp. Since February 2020, Shoh has had umbilical hearnia. Currently, Shoh’s abdomen pain is not severe but his hernia is still increasing in size. He feels uncomfortable when he walks because of his swollen abdomen. He cannot sleep well and is increasingly worried about his diagnosis. The pain in his abdomen increases when he feels cold, especially at night. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shoh's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Shoh said, “I do not want to stop being a teacher. I love teaching the Quran to young children. Also, if I do not teach, I do not earn an income and my family does not have enough income to cover our household expenses.”

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$1,280raised
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