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Success! Andry from Kenya raised $444 to fund hydrocele surgery.

Andry
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  • $444 raised, $0 to go
$444
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$0
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Fully funded
Andry's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2020.

Photo of Andry post-operation

December 14, 2020

Andry underwent hydrocele surgery.

Andry’s parents were filled with joy when Andry received his treatment. The surgery went on successfully and he’s been discharged home from the hospital to finish healing. His parents bring him for follow-up clinic reviews so his doctors can continue to support his recovery.

Andry’s mother shared, “We are so happy and honoured for the financial help.”

Andry’s parents were filled with joy when Andry received his treatment. The surgery went on successfully and he's been discharged home from ...

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October 4, 2020

Andry is a small child from Kenya. Andry’s father sells secondhand hoodies in Kikuyu town to provide for his young family of three members. To supplement their daily earnings, Andry’s mother also sells secondhand dress tops. The family tends to rely on family members to help boost them financially and meet basic needs.

Since one year ago, Andry has had a hydrocele. This swelling is causing him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on October 5th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Andry’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Andry’s mother says, “We will be grateful to see our son receive the required treatment and feeling all better.”

Andry is a small child from Kenya. Andry's father sells secondhand hoodies in Kikuyu town to provide for his young family of three members. ...

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Andry's Timeline

  • October 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Andry 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.

  • October 5, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Andry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Andry's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Andry's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Andry's treatment
Hospital Fees
$417
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$21
  • 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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Foster

Foster is a 70-year-old father of nine, from Makwenda Village in Malawi. He lives with his wife and grandchildren. To support his family, he solely depends on farming where he grows maize, groundnuts, and soya beans. Foster is a village headman and he is a member of the Church of African Presbytery. Foster was well until 2020 when he noticed a swelling on the right side of his groin. The swelling was very painful and made passing stool and urine very difficult. The swelling would disappear and reappear after a while, especially when it is cold, and when he coughs or strains himself. Foster decided to seek medical help at a health center in his area where he was referred to Nkhoma Hospital, but at the time surgeries were limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was told to come back another time. As the condition persisted, Foster went to seek medical help at Dedza District Hospital where he has been visiting up to now and had been given pain medication. Last week, Foster visited Nkhoma Hospital once again, and he presented that the swelling has now been appearing on both sides. After assessment in the surgical clinic, Foster was diagnosed with Bilateral Inguinal Hernia. The doctor advised that he needs to undergo Hernia Repair surgical procedure and this was scheduled for October 5th. This hernia condition has impacted Foster’s life negatively. Since the condition surfaced, he experiences pain that hinders him from doing his daily activities and he fails to work on his farm. Additionally, he cannot walk a long distance or ride his bike as the swelling appears when he strains himself. Treatment will be a welcome development in Foster’s life. He will be able to work on his farm and continue taking care of his family as he is the sole breadwinner. In addition to that, treatment will prevent Foster from developing complications that a hernia can cause, such as enlargement, incarceration, small bowel obstruction, and strangulation of the hernia, which can be fatal. Foster shared that he does not have enough money to pay for his surgery and other expenses so the medical team referred him to Watsi and our medical partner African Mission healthcare. He has been able to contribute $15 to his care and our medical partner is requesting $500 to cover the cost of Foster's surgery. Foster says, “I was afraid that this condition will start affecting my duties as a village headman, I am thankful that there is hope for me through my donors.”

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$280raised
$220to go

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