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Success! Justine from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery so he can get back to school.

Justine
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
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$0
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Fully funded
Justine's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2021.

Photo of Justine post-operation

June 14, 2021

Justine underwent hernia repair surgery so he can get back to school.

Justine’s hernia surgery went well! Through this surgery, Justine is no longer in pain and he’ll be able to return home and resume his studies, which he had to stop earlier due to his condition.

Justine’s mother says, “Being a single mother with no stable income, I wouldn’t have been able to afford my son’s treatment and he would still be suffering if it wasn’t for your help and support. I am grateful and all I can say is God bless you all.”

Justine’s hernia surgery went well! Through this surgery, Justine is no longer in pain and he'll be able to return home and resume his studi...

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May 11, 2021

Justine is a nine-year-old student and has a twin brother. They have two other siblings and Justine’s mother is raising her children on her own. She sells mandazi by the roadside to make a living and provide for her family.

For seven years, Justine has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and discomfort, and sometimes he cannot sleep. He has stopped going to school while he tries to seek treatment.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Justine to receive treatment. On May 12th, Justine will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Justine’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Justine’s mother shared, “I have always wanted to seek treatment for my son but due to financial challenges I have not been able to afford the treatment cost. If there is a chance for my son to have his condition corrected I would be very grateful.”

Justine is a nine-year-old student and has a twin brother. They have two other siblings and Justine's mother is raising her children on her ...

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Justine's Timeline

  • May 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Justine 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 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Justine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Justine's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Justine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Justine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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