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Brian from Kenya raised $384 to fund hernia surgery.

Brian
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$384
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Fully funded
Brian's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Brian post-operation

May 27, 2020

Brian underwent hernia surgery.

After surgery, Brian had a bit of pain which subsided gradually. The medical team discharged him home with a little swelling and he was asked to limit movement while his body heals. He will return for post-surgery follow-up so that the team can assess his progress.

Tecla, Brian’s mother, shared, “Thank you for treating my son. I have always wished to see him without swelling. I am looking forward to see him grow and play with his friends without straining.”

After surgery, Brian had a bit of pain which subsided gradually. The medical team discharged him home with a little swelling and he was aske...

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March 15, 2020

Brian is a 4-year-old playful preschooler from Kenya. Brian’s mother is a single parent from a very humble background. When Brian was born with scrotal swelling, his parents separated because they believed it was a curse.

When he was a baby, Brian was taken to the hospital with complaints of a congenital right scrotal swelling. A repair was done at a different hospital when he was 20 months old but did not cure his condition. His condition has gradually persisted prompting his teacher and grandmother to take him to Watsi Medical Partner’s Care Center Kapsowar Hospital.

Brian has discomfort while walking. He also has pain on micturition which has always affected his general well-being. He has been raised largely by his older grandmother who hadn’t taken him for treatment and never spoke about Brian’s condition. It was not until his class teacher noticed a swelling when he informed well-wishers in the village and he was brought to the hospital to be seen.

Brian was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia after undergoing several lab tests and an ultrasound. Brian is a lovely boy who needs all our help so that he can be happy just like other children.

Fortunately, on March 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund Brian’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Brian’s grandmother says, “I am happy that his condition can be treated surgically. Brian needs to be like other children and play with friends without stigmatization.”

Brian is a 4-year-old playful preschooler from Kenya. Brian’s mother is a single parent from a very humble background. When Brian was born w...

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Brian's Timeline

  • March 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brian received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. 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 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Brian. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brian's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Single Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $384 for Brian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$81
Medical Staff
$152
Medication
$65
Supplies
$73
Labs
$13
  • 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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