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Success! Kyden from Kenya raised $585 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Kyden
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  • $585 raised, $0 to go
$585
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kyden's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2022.

Photo of Kyden post-operation

March 3, 2022

Kyden underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kyden’s hernia repair was a success!

Kyden’s treatment was completed with no problems arising during or after surgery. After surgery, he was discharged to go home, where he will continue to recover until his mom brings him back to the hospital for a routine follow-up. This surgery has helped the swelling in Kyden’s stomach to disappear, and his pain will only continue to subside as he moves toward a full recovery. Now, Kyden will be able to grow up happier and healthier knowing he won’t have to worry about his condition worsening, and instead use his time to play and run around with his friends without pain and discomfort. We’re rooting for you, Kyden!

Kyden’s mother says: “We were very much worried about our son’s condition and we are so glad that he is treated.”

Kyden's hernia repair was a success! Kyden’s treatment was completed with no problems arising during or after surgery. After surgery, he ...

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December 31, 2021

Kyden is a sweet four-year-old boy. He has an older sibling who is eight years old. His mother is a homemaker, while his father does phone repairs. The family shared that their income is inconsistent, and they have not had national health insurance since 2018. They requested assistance for their son’s surgery cost.

Kyden has had a proboscoid umbilical hernia since birth. In December 2020, he started experiencing stomach pains, so his parents brought him to the children’s hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for review. Surgeons determined he would need to return for hernia repair surgery in a year. Kyden’s family waited a year and then returned for his surgery, which will take place on January 5th. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably. AMH is requesting $585 to fund Kyden’s surgery.

Kyden’s mother shared, “This protrusion on the stomach keeps growing and looks uncomfortable. This surgery will help rectify this condition that has worried us a lot.”

Kyden is a sweet four-year-old boy. He has an older sibling who is eight years old. His mother is a homemaker, while his father does phone r...

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Kyden's Timeline

  • December 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kyden was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyden's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyden 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyden's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyden'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 Kyden'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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