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Rose is a small-scale farmer from Kenya who needs $768 to fund a hernia repair.

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June 28, 2020

Rose is a 40-year-old woman. She is married and was blessed with six children, two sons and four daughters.

Rose and her husband are not financially stable. Her husband is a Khat farmer while Rose is a small-scale farmer who plants maize and beans for home use. She sells the rest for additional income.

Last year, Rose began to experience swelling in her abdomen. An x-ray revealed that she has an epigastric hernia which needs to be repaired. She explained that she cannot afford the hospital bill now because her husband’s Khat business is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are asking for $768 to fund the cost of her surgery.

Rose shared, “I am pleading for help.”

Rose is a 40-year-old woman. She is married and was blessed with six children, two sons and four daughters. Rose and her husband are not...

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Rose's Timeline

  • June 28, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 29, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Rose was scheduled to receive treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • June 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rose is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Rose's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $768 for Rose's treatment
Hospital Fees
$512
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$15
Supplies
$241
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing 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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