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Success! Bishal from Nepal raised $491 for hernia repair surgery.

Bishal
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$491
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Bishal's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2016.

Photo of Bishal post-operation

March 30, 2016

Bishal received hernia repair surgery.

Bishal’s hernia repair surgery was successful, his doctor at Possible reports. Post-surgery, Bishal has been given medicine to control the pain and is being extra careful not to do any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. Walking has been a good way for him to recover carefully.

In about two months, Bishal can go about his daily activities without any difficulty.

“I’m relieved that Bishal finally got the treatment,” Bishal’s mother shares. “The doctors also assured that he will not have any trouble procreating in the future.”

Bishal's hernia repair surgery was successful, his doctor at Possible reports. Post-surgery, Bishal has been given medicine to control the p...

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February 16, 2016

Bishal, a 12-year-old boy from Nepal, is in seventh grade and is a bright student. He enjoys reading Nepali stories, playing volleyball, and eating roti and curry.

A few months ago Bishal developed a hernia, a condition where part of the intestine bulges through the abdominal wall. According to our medical partner, Possible, Bishal initially didn’t notice it, but recently he has began to experience pain.

“He cannot walk or run long distances,” says his mother. “It also hurts when clothes rub against it or it is touched accidentally.”

Bishal’s family lives on a small farm. His mother tends to the farm while his father works in India to support the family. Bishal’s job is to look after and collect fodder for the cattle.

If left untreated, hernias not only cause pain but can become strangulated. $491 will fund Bishal’s surgery to reposition his intestine behind the abdominal wall. “Having the surgery will not only prevent Bishal’s hernia strangulation but it will also relieve his discomfort,” shares Possible.

“I hope Bishal’s condition will not cause any complications in future. I wish for his treatment to be successful,” said his mother.

Bishal, a 12-year-old boy from Nepal, is in seventh grade and is a bright student. He enjoys reading Nepali stories, playing volleyball, and...

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Bishal's Timeline

  • February 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bishal was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.

  • February 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bishal received treatment at Bayalpata 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.

  • March 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bishal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bishal's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bishal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin. Patients may experience pain, discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

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

Patients have difficulty walking long distances, lifting heavy weights, and doing strenuous activities.

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

People in rural Nepal rely heavily on agriculture. They do a lot of strenuous exercise, increasing the likelihood of developing a hernia. People also tend to cook indoors using firewood. They may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which leads to constant coughing and increases the likelihood of developing a hernia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During open surgical repair, surgeons close the hernia using sutures, mesh, or both. They close the surgical wound with sutures.

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

The patient should feel better within a week of surgery. However, the patient should refrain from lifting heavy weights or doing other strenuous exercises until recovery is complete.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may develop infections or urinary dysfunction. Sometimes, hernias recur.

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

Hernia surgeries can only be performed by skilled clinicians at advanced hospital centers. Patients walk for up to seven days to reach our medical partner's hospital because they have heard about the possibility of free healthcare.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Depending on the size and severity of the hernia, some lifestyle changes can treat the symptoms. These include quitting smoking, treating COPD, and changing one's diet.

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