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Success! Kipsum from Kenya raised $384 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Kipsum
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$384
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$0
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Fully funded
Kipsum's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Kipsum post-operation

September 28, 2017

Kipsum underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kipsum felt a little pain after the surgery but he is now in a stable condition. He is no longer at risk of hernia twisting and blocking.

He says, “I will now be able to move around to check on my grandchildren. I can walk uprightly. I am very happy about the state of my health now.”

Kipsum felt a little pain after the surgery but he is now in a stable condition. He is no longer at risk of hernia twisting and blocking. ...

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August 22, 2017

Kipsum is an 82-year-old talkative grandfather from Kenya who plants maize and beans on his small farm and performs tasks at home. He has 28 children, half of whom never completed school due to lack of school fees.

Three years ago, Kipsum started to feel pain on the lower part of his abdomen. He continued living with the condition, hoping that he would get well. Two years later, he observed swelling of his lower abdomen, which prompted him to visit the hospital. The doctors diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia and recommended hernia repair surgery. Kipsum could not afford to pay for the surgery and decided to return home.

An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak point in the abdominal muscles that presents as a bulge in the groin. If not treated, Kipsum may suffer tissue damage due to the hernia twisting and blocking his intestines.

For some months now, Kipsum has been having sleepless nights. His sons suggested that he visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, for evaluation and treatment.

On August 23, doctors from Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), will perform an operation to push the protruding tissue back into Kipsum’s abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area.

AMHF requests $384 to pay for the surgery, three nights at AIC Kapsowar Hospital, IV fluids, lab tests, medicine, and surgical supplies.

“I pray that God may continue giving me good health so that I can see my great-grandchildren,” says Kipsum. Let’s help make that happen!

Kipsum is an 82-year-old talkative grandfather from Kenya who plants maize and beans on his small farm and performs tasks at home. He has 28...

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Kipsum's Timeline

  • August 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kipsum was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kipsum received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kipsum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kipsum's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kipsum's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Single Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $384 for Kipsum's treatment
Hospital Fees
$81
Medical Staff
$152
Medication
$65
Supplies
$73
Labs
$13
  • 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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