Peter is a lively two-year old who has a large hernia. Hernias 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, Peter’s family live in a small rural village many miles from the nearest medical facilities. Our healthcare volunteers discovered Peter’s mum wouldn’t even be able to afford the transport to the nearest hospital let alone afford to see a doctor and pay for surgery.
We’re hoping we can cover the costs of the operation as not only will we be able to ensure Peter gets the care he needs we’ll also prevent his mum from getting into debt and poverty.