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Success! Samwel from Kenya raised $528 to fund his hernia repair procedure.

Samwel
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$528
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$0
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Fully funded
Samwel's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2017.

Photo of Samwel post-operation

February 2, 2017

Samwel underwent a successful hernia repair procedure.

During the operation, the surgeons noted that his left-side swelling had receded, so they only repaired the right-side swelling. Samwel is no longer at risk of intestinal blockage and damage.

“I received your financial assistance. I cannot describe how much I truly appreciate the support. When my son was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, I felt like giving up. But people like you showing support in all different ways truly helped me to go on,” says Samwel’s mother.

During the operation, the surgeons noted that his left-side swelling had receded, so they only repaired the right-side swelling. Samwel is n...

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December 23, 2016

Samwel is a playful three-year-old boy. He lives in Kenya with his mother and three older siblings in a one-room house. Samwel’s mother is a greengrocer, and she makes only a small income.

When Samwel was a baby, he developed an intermittent hernia in his groin, but his mother did not seek treatment. Recently, however, Samwel’s swelling grew chronic and painful. His mother sought treatment, but she could not afford anything except pain relief medications.

“When you sit and watch your loved one at home in pain, sometimes you feel helpless that there is nothing else you can do but just be there,” Samwel’s mother explains. “I hurt watching Samwel in pain. There was nothing I could do but get him pain relievers.”

Fortunately, Samwel and his mother visited our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital.

A hernia occurs when an internal organ pokes through a muscle wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of the intestines. Samwel’s doctors recommended surgical intervention to repair the abdominal wall, remove the bulging tissue in his abdomen, and reposition his herniated tissue. His procedure is scheduled for December 28.

Samwel’s mother has raised $40 to pay for treatment, but she needs help to raise more money. $528 will cover the cost of the procedure, supplies, medications, and two days of inpatient care.

Following his recovery, Samwel’s risk of further complications will be significantly reduced, and his pain will be relieved.

Samwel is a playful three-year-old boy. He lives in Kenya with his mother and three older siblings in a one-room house. Samwel's mother is a...

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Samwel's Timeline

  • December 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samwel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samwel received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • January 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samwel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samwel's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samwel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $528 for Samwel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$522
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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Mercy

Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

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$763raised
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