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Success! Asiimwe from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Asiimwe
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Asiimwe's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Asiimwe post-operation

February 19, 2021

Asiimwe underwent hernia repair surgery.

Asiimwe underwent herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his umbilical hernia. The surgery was successful and he reports a big improvement in his life. Asiimwe plans to get back to farming more comfortably and will be able to do his other day-to-day duties without difficulty. He’s now home and doctors expect a full recovery.

Asiimwe says, “I am very happy and humbled to say, thank you WATSI program for the care and generous support towards the success of my surgery. May God bless you.”

Asiimwe underwent herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his umbilical hernia. The surgery was successful and he reports a big improvement in his li...

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January 12, 2021

Asiimwe is a farmer and father of four children, with his youngest now three years old. His wife is also a farmer and together they own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter for their family.

For the last four years, Asiimwe has experienced severe pain and discomfort and has been diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, a condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Asiimwe’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Asiimwe says, “I hope to be considered for surgery because I am in severe pain.”

Asiimwe is a farmer and father of four children, with his youngest now three years old. His wife is also a farmer and together they own a th...

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Asiimwe's Timeline

  • January 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Asiimwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Asiimwe received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • January 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Asiimwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Asiimwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Asiimwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Asiimwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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76% funded

76%funded
$1,148raised
$352to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Su

Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su and her youngest sister are students and this year Su is in grade seven. Her family's combined monthly income is around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month, which is just enough for their daily expenses, but not enough to pay for basic healthcare. When she has free time, Su loves to play football with her friends at school and she likes to be the goalkeeper. She also loves to read books and watch movies. Su plans to continue her studies as soon as she finishes her treatment. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Su still feels tired, but not as much as before she started taking her medication. When she feels more tired, her breath quickens. Su has stopped attending school since she got sick. Although she wants to go back to school, her mother worries for her as her school is a little far and she normally walks there. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12nd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su's mother shared, “Su really wants to go to school but I worry that the long walking distance from our house to her school will make her tired and worsen her condition. So, I asked her to stay home for a while until she can get treated.”

76% funded

76%funded
$1,148raised
$352to go