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Success! Christian from Tanzania raised $539 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Christian
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$539
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Christian's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Christian post-operation

August 22, 2017

Christian underwent hernia repair surgery.

Christian is doing so well now that he is no longer in discomfort due to the hernia. He is no longer at risk of continued pain and discomfort since the undescended testicles have been corrected. He will live a healthy life and will not be subjected to stigma.

Christian’s mother says, “I am very grateful for the help that my son has received, I pray that other children have the same opportunities as well.”

Christian is doing so well now that he is no longer in discomfort due to the hernia. He is no longer at risk of continued pain and discomfor...

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May 9, 2017

Meet seven-year-old Christian. He loves playing with his older brother, watching television, and going to school.

Christian developed a swelling in a sensitive area. After his mother took him to a hospital, Christian was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia (when tissue pushes through a weak spot in the groin muscle) and cryptorchidism (where the testes remain undescended). This leaves Christian in a considerable amount of pain and discomfort.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has organized for Christian to undergo surgery to treat both medical conditions on May 10. Christian’s family has been able to raise $45 for their son’s surgery, but they need our help to pay the remaining $539.

Meet seven-year-old Christian. He loves playing with his older brother, watching television, and going to school. Christian developed a ...

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Christian's Timeline

  • May 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christian received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christian's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Christian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
  • 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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