Dorucs (pictured with her mum) needs an operation for an umbilical hernia.
An umbilical hernia is when intestine, fat or fluid pushes through a weak spot near the stomach muscles creating a noticeable bulge. Umbilical hernia’s are common in the countries where we work and can be fatal if left untreated as they can become incarcerated (trapped outside of the hernia wall) or strangulated (a section becomes pinched or twisted and cut off from the blood supply) causing nausea, vomiting and pain.
These complications require emergency surgery. However, because many of our patients don’t live near any medical facilities it is unlikely that if complications where to arise that they would reach the medical care they needed in time.
Dorcus’s mum has sought medical care before but could never raise enough to fund an operation.
The operation takes under and hour and is typical of the high-impact, low-cost surgery we perform. We’re hoping we can cover the costs so Dorcus gets the surgery she needs and her mum avoids getting into debt and poverty.