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Godwin is teenage boy from Kenya who needs $423 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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November 3, 2019

Godwin is a teenage boy from Kenya. Godwin’s mother noted a swell around his groin area and was concerned with her son’s condition. She took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right hydrocele. If not treated, he is at risk of developing an inguinal hernia.

Godwin is the oldest of four children with a single mom who works in Nairobi, Kenya as a hair stylist. She also works as a casual laborer in neighboring farms to support and help raise Godwin and his siblings. Efforts to raise funds needed for surgery have not been fruitful. Recently she got to know of the services offered at BethanyKids through social media and decided to try her luck with his treatment. They have no other source of income yet Godwin’s father is not part of their lives.

Godwin is in class six and hopes to be a teacher in future. His mother wishes he could be operated on, but she is unable to pay for it. Fortunately, on November 5th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Godwin’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I hope to be a teacher in future,” says Godwin.

Godwin is a teenage boy from Kenya. Godwin's mother noted a swell around his groin area and was concerned with her son's condition. She took...

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Godwin's Timeline

  • November 3, 2019

    Godwin was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 05, 2019

    Godwin 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.

  • November 15, 2019

    Godwin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 09, 2019

    Awaiting Godwin's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Godwin is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Godwin's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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