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Success! Sanyu from Uganda raised $249 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Sanyu
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sanyu's treatment was fully funded on July 28, 2017.

Photo of Sanyu post-operation

April 12, 2017

Sanyu underwent hernia repair surgery.

Sanyu’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to walk long distances and to do any work.

Sanyu says, “I am well. I can’t believe I am feeling this way two days after surgery. I am very happy about the way the doctors and nurses have handled me. Thank you for the kindness and care. After recovery I will continue farming. Thank you very much for paying for my treatment and for assisting all other poor people. May God bless and reward you.”

Sanyu’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to walk long ...

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March 6, 2017

Sanyu is a 43-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married but has no children.

Two years ago, Sanyu developed a small swelling in her left groin. As the swelling increased in size and grew painful, she started taking painkillers to reduce the pain. Sanyu reports that she experiences pain when she has to lift heavy objects or walk long distances.

At the suggestion of a friend, Sanyu visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Sanyu may experience intestinal blockage or damage.

Fortunately, on March 8, Sanyu will undergo a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, Sanyu hopes to resume farming in order to provide food for her family.

Sanyu is a 43-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married but has no children. Two years ago, Sanyu developed a small swelling in her le...

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Sanyu's Timeline

  • March 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sanyu was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 8, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sanyu received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • March 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sanyu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sanyu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 28, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sanyu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Sanyu's treatment
Hospital Fees
$181
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$58
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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 the United States. 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 risky 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 tighter pants or a tight band around the 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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