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Success! Adrian from Kenya raised $585 to fund hernia repair surgery so that he can live comfortably.

Adrian
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$585
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Adrian's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Adrian post-operation

April 6, 2022

Adrian underwent hernia repair surgery so that he can live comfortably.

Our medical partner just shared an update that Adrian’s surgery was done successfully. Adrian is now back home, out of pain, sleeping well, and can play with his friends freely for a longer time. His swelling has also disappeared which has Adrian very grateful.

Adrian’s mother says, “I was very afraid that the worst could happen to my son but am grateful and happy that he has been treated and now he is well.”

Our medical partner just shared an update that Adrian's surgery was done successfully. Adrian is now back home, out of pain, sleeping well, ...

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December 20, 2021

Adrian is a shy and happy five-year-old boy. He is the oldest child in a family of two children, and lives in a single roomed rental house with his family. His mother works at a shop selling cereal near their home, while his father works as a casual laborer to make a living for their family.

For about a week, Adrian has had a right inguinal hernia—a condition where soft tissue bulges through a weak place in the abdominal muscles. After a CT, ultrasound, and several tests, he was diagnosed with a hernia and surgery was recommended by his medical team.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Adrian receive treatment. On December 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Now, he and his family need help raising $585 to fund his procedure and care.

Adrian mother shared, “my son is in constant pain and complains a lot. He is in dire need of this treatment. Please help us.”

Adrian is a shy and happy five-year-old boy. He is the oldest child in a family of two children, and lives in a single roomed rental house w...

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Adrian's Timeline

  • December 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Adrian 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.

  • December 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Adrian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Adrian's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Adrian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $585 for Adrian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$421
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$31
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$28
  • 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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Choury

Choury is a shy, 18 year old girl living with her widowed mother in Kandal province in Cambodia. Her brothers are all married and live away from home, while her mother works as a rainy day rice farmer. In her free time, Choury enjoys playing tennis, swimming, cooking, listening to music, and meeting with her friends. Since Choury was about three months old, she has had problems with her mouth. For the past ten years, she has had frequent infections, accompanied by fevers, near her left ear, and stiffness near her temporomandibular joint - which connects the jaw to the skull. Because her father has passed away, her mother has not been able to afford any medical care for Choury. Choury is unable to open her mouth, which makes it difficult for her to eat and drink, and she always wears a mask due to her low self-esteem resulting from her face and frequent infections. Choury has been diagnosed with recurrent ankylosis and chronic osteitis. The ankylosis - and the constant inflammation in her jawbone - cause severely limited jaw function, as well as oral hygiene and nutritional problems. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. They plan to do surgery on December 6th at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre. Her family needs help with the $469 cost of her surgery and hospitalization. After surgery, Choury hopes she will be able to open her mouth, to speak better, and to no longer feel ashamed of her appearance. Choury said: "I hope the doctors can help me open my mouth better, and look like other people my age. I am embarrassed at work and feel poorly. I have not been able to eat real food. This would make me very happy."

47% funded

47%funded
$225raised
$244to go

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