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Success! Edgar from Guatemala raised $773 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Edgar
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  • $773 raised, $0 to go
$773
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Edgar's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Edgar post-operation

November 13, 2018

Edgar underwent hernia repair surgery.

After Edgar’s hernia surgery, he no longer feels discomfort or pain. As a happy and healthy boy, Edgar can enjoy playing with his siblings.

Edgar’s mother shares, “We were very worried about Edgar and his health. Since our financial resources are tight, we are very grateful for all the support we received to make sure that Edgar was healthy again.”

After Edgar's hernia surgery, he no longer feels discomfort or pain. As a happy and healthy boy, Edgar can enjoy playing with his siblings. ...

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March 30, 2018

Edgar is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural western highlands. He loves to play with his toy car, which he carries with him everywhere he goes. Edgar also loves to eat his favorite foods, which are beans and greens.

Edgar needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. Egdar is often uncomfortable and complains of pain. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities.

Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $773 in funding, Edgar will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for April 30. Edgar will suffer from no discomfort, and will continue to live and grow as a healthy little boy.

Edgar’s mother says, “We are so grateful to this organization, for we have not been able to bring our son to a hospital because we lack the resources to do so.”

Edgar is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his family in Guatemala's rural western highlands. He loves to play with his toy car, whi...

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Edgar's Timeline

  • March 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Edgar was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • March 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edgar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 30, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edgar received treatment at Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala. 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.

  • November 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edgar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edgar's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $773 for Edgar's treatment
Hospital Fees
$371
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Travel
$267
Labs
$24
Other
$106
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia is a condition in which abdominal contents (intestine) bulge through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall, usually in the area of the groin. A hernia can cause the following symptoms: a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, a burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge, pain or discomfort in the groin area, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting, a heavy or dragging sensation in the groin, and weakness or pressure in the groin.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Small hernias are usually asymptomatic. However, they tend to enlarge over time and they can become very painful, even debilitating. Also, there is a risk that the intestinal contents of the hernia may become “choked” by the abdominal muscles. This is called a strangulated hernia, and it can be life threatening. Surgery prevents this life threatening complication and also restores mobility and eliminates pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias happen all around the world. In Guatemala access to the simple surgical treatment is limited. Therefore, people may have hernias for years and years, and the hernias may be quite large at the time of treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition is straightforward. It is a simple surgical procedure which often does not require an overnight hospital stay.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment improves lives. It allows young people to get back to earning a living and caring for their families. It prevents life threatening complications such as a strangulated hernia.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one-time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently cures the condition. As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for patients who cannot afford to pay is many months or even years of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Elinipa

Elinipa is a beautiful two-year-old girl. She is an incredibly friendly child who loves to play with her five older siblings. At birth, she was a healthy child. It wasn't until she was learning to walk however, that her mother noticed that her legs were slightly curved, yet even so they did not seek treatment assuming it was a minor problem that she would outgrow. Elinipa has now been diagnosed with bilateral valgus, which is a condition caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result of her condition, Elinipa's legs bow inward to the point that her knees touch. This makes walking persistently more difficult as she continues to grow. Through our medical partner's outreach program her parents learned that their daughter needs surgery to correct her legs. Elinipa's parents are small scale famers who depend entirely on what they harvest to make a living. As a result, their income is not enough to afford to take Elinipa to the hospital to treat her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Elinipa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 13th at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. With this treatment Elinipa's mobility will hopefully be restored, thus allowing her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Elinipa’s father says, “I am worried with how her legs continue to bend inward. Please help us.”

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