An umbilical hernia is intestine, fat or fluid pushing through a weak spot near the stomach muscles creating a large bulge. Umbilical hernia’s are common in the countries where we work and can prove fatal if left untreated. 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, complications that need emergency surgery.
Solomon’s hernia is large and as he lives in a remote village it is unlikely that if complications where to set in that he would reach medical care in time. Our surgeons are keen to operate on him now. The operation takes under an hour and recovery is swift with most children able to return home the same day.
Solomon’s mum cannot afford the cost of the medical care so we’re hoping we can cover the bill. Every penny donated will cover every aspect from the surgery itself to transport to and from the hospital.