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Success! Evans from Kenya raised $403 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Evans
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$403
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Fully funded
Evans's treatment was fully funded on May 8, 2021.

Photo of Evans post-operation

May 18, 2021

Evans underwent hernia repair surgery.

Evans underwent successful surgery to treat his right inguinal hernia. He had an uneventful stay in the hospital and he was discharged a day after his surgery to recover at home.

Before the surgery, Evans used to have pain especially when bending over but now he has only a little pain. Upon release from the hospital, the doctors gave him instructions on how to take care of his wound at home. Evans is on track for a full recovery and he is excited to be heading toward feeling well again.

Evans says, “I am very happy that I’m now okay. I have a brighter future ahead of me with more possibilities than before. Thank you Watsi for supporting my surgery.”

Evans is looking forward to a fast recovery and returning to school someday.

Evans underwent successful surgery to treat his right inguinal hernia. He had an uneventful stay in the hospital and he was discharged a day...

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April 19, 2021

Evans is a 19-year-old and the second of ten children in his family. His parents are farmers in their small village, and they depend mostly on seasonal crops and fruits for their livelihood. In 2018, due to family budgetary constraints, Evans dropped out of school in order to give his siblings a chance to proceed with their studies. Currently, Evans works in people’s farms and sometimes as a laborer who loads trucks. He is a hardworking and optimistic young man who still wants to go back to school and finish his secondary education.

For the past seven months, Evans has had a right inguinal hernia. Though it began appearing gradually, it is increasing in size and he has experienced pain while walking and working. Evans tried to treat the pain without surgery, but at this point he must undergo a hernia repair procedure in order to get better. Fortunately, on April 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $403 to fund Evans’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Evans says, “My hope is to get treated, and get back to my active life.”

Evans is a 19-year-old and the second of ten children in his family. His parents are farmers in their small village, and they depend mostly ...

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Evans's Timeline

  • April 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Evans was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evans received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital 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.

  • April 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evans's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evans's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evans's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Single Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $403 for Evans's treatment
Hospital Fees
$81
Medical Staff
$152
Medication
$65
Supplies
$73
Labs
$13
Other
$19
  • 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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