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Success! Faith from Kenya raised $423 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Faith
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  • $423 raised, $0 to go
$423
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Faith's treatment was fully funded on January 24, 2018.

Photo of Faith post-operation

January 9, 2018

Faith underwent hernia repair surgery.

Faith’s inguinal hernia repair was successful. She is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation or obstruction.

“I wish I could express how much your very generous gift means to me. Thank you so much and God bless you,” says Faith’s mother.

Faith’s inguinal hernia repair was successful. She is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation or obstruction. “I wish I could express h...

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December 8, 2017

Faith is a nine-year-old from Kenya. She lives with her single mother and five siblings in a one-room house in central Kenya. Faith’s mother is a farmer.

For eight years, Faith has had a left inguinal hernia. This is a swelling on the left side of her groin. Fortunately, on December 11, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

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

“I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Faith.

Faith is a nine-year-old from Kenya. She lives with her single mother and five siblings in a one-room house in central Kenya. Faith’s mother...

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Faith's Timeline

  • December 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faith 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.

  • January 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 24, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Single
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Faith's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
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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Gibson

Gibson is a young playful boy from Being the firstborn in a family of two, he loves helping his mother around the kitchen and playing football. When he was two years old, Gibson suffered extensive burns on his left upper body after hot boiling beans spilt on him while playing with his friend in the kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and spent a long time healing. He healed with contractures on his left axilla and had a partial burn contracture release. The surgical site developed infections and he had skin grafting done but unfortunately failed and had a repeat surgery. He was reviewed by visiting surgeons and had skin flap surgery recommended to allow blood circulation. Without treatment, Gibson will be at risk of long term complications on his left hand.Gibson's parents are peasant farmers who rely on the few harvests they get to make ends meet. They are not able to consolidate sufficient funds for their child's surgery. The appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gibson receive treatment. On September 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once treated, he will be able to stretch his hand with ease and reduce further infections on the wound. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Gibson’s father says, “The doctors have advised on one more surgery to make my son even better but am unable to afford the cost, if it’s possible kindly help us.”

62% funded

62%funded
$518raised
$314to go

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