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Success! Adrian from Kenya raised $581 to fund bilateral hernia repair.

Adrian
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  • $581 raised, $0 to go
$581
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Adrian's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Adrian post-operation

July 9, 2020

Adrian underwent bilateral hernia repair.

Adrian had a successful surgery. The pain he was experiencing earlier will cease thereby giving his mother peace of mind. He now only has to come for assessments to review his recovery.

Adrian’s mother shared, “I’m happy that my son will not complain of pain anymore. Thank you a lot for the support.”

Adrian had a successful surgery. The pain he was experiencing earlier will cease thereby giving his mother peace of mind. He now only has to...

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May 21, 2020

Adrian is a baby boy from Kenya. Adrian’s father, the family’s only breadwinner, is a driver at a lodge in Masai Mara and currently, they have been sent home for sometime because there are no guests visiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adrian has an elder sibling and together with their parents, they live in their ancestral land.

Since birth, Adrian has had a bilateral hernia. If not treated, Adrian may suffer intestinal twisting and blockage and that may result in tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 22nd, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $581 to fund Adrian’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Adrian’s mother says, “I will be happy to see Adrian’s condition rectified.”

Adrian is a baby boy from Kenya. Adrian’s father, the family's only breadwinner, is a driver at a lodge in Masai Mara and currently, they ha...

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Adrian's Timeline

  • May 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Adrian received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • May 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Adrian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Adrian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Adrian's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $581 for Adrian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$575
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.