Two-year-old James has a large hernia that needs to be operated on. 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. The operation takes under an hour and recovery is swift with most children able to return home the same day. Surgery has been ranked among the number one healthcare interventions in low-income-countries and is typical of the high-impact, low-cost treatment we fund.