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Success! Tilak from Nepal raised $491 for hernia repair surgery.

Tilak
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  • $491 raised, $0 to go
$491
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tilak's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2015.

Photo of Tilak post-operation

January 16, 2016

Tilak received successful hernia repair surgery.

“Without the treatment, Tilak’s hernia would have grown,” explains his doctor at Possible. “There would have been complications with a surgery later, specially for a young boy. Now he doesn’t have to worry about that.”

“I’m very thankful to doctors and nurses here who have taken such good care of my kid during our stay here,” shares Tilak’s mother.

"Without the treatment, Tilak's hernia would have grown," explains his doctor at Possible. "There would have been complications with a surge...

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December 16, 2015

“Tilak is 11 years old and a happy kid in grade six. He likes to study hard in school and play with his friends from the neighborhood whenever he can,” shares our medical partner, Possible.

Tilak lives with his family in Nepal. When he was younger, his father took him to eastern India to treat an infection. The doctor diagnosed Tilak with a hernia, a condition where internal organs protrude through a weak spot or tear in the cavity where it normally resides. However, Tilak’s family could not afford the cost of the surgery he needed, so he remained untreated.

For $491, we can fund a hernia repair operation for Tilak. The cost includes a hospital stay and post-operative care.

“After the operation and recovery, Tilak will not have to worry about the hernia growing larger and eventually irreversible,” Possible says.

"Tilak is 11 years old and a happy kid in grade six. He likes to study hard in school and play with his friends from the neighborhood whenev...

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Tilak's Timeline

  • December 16, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tilak was submitted by Aayush Niroula at Possible.

  • December 21, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tilak received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal. 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.

  • December 31, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tilak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tilak's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tilak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin. Patients may experience pain, discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients have difficulty walking long distances, lifting heavy weights, and doing strenuous activities.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

People in rural Nepal rely heavily on agriculture. They do a lot of strenuous exercise, increasing the likelihood of developing a hernia. People also tend to cook indoors using firewood. They may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which leads to constant coughing and increases the likelihood of developing a hernia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

During open surgical repair, surgeons close the hernia using sutures, mesh, or both. They close the surgical wound with sutures.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient should feel better within a week of surgery. However, the patient should refrain from lifting heavy weights or doing other strenuous exercises until recovery is complete.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may develop infections or urinary dysfunction. Sometimes, hernias recur.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia surgeries can only be performed by skilled clinicians at advanced hospital centers. Patients walk for up to seven days to reach our medical partner's hospital because they have heard about the possibility of free healthcare.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Depending on the size and severity of the hernia, some lifestyle changes can treat the symptoms. These include quitting smoking, treating COPD, and changing one's diet.

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