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Success! Kabamu from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Kabamu
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kabamu's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.

Photo of Kabamu post-operation

November 1, 2016

Kabamu successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Kabamu is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I feel much better because I am able to stand and move without pain. I am excited about resuming my duties,” shares Kabamu. “I am very happy and appreciative to Watsi. I have nothing to give in return for the assistance I’ve received.”

Kabamu is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He...

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September 5, 2016

Kabamu is a 34 year old farmer from Uganda, who specializes in cultivating maize on a small scale. He has five children that are in school and live with their mother. In addition to farming, he owns a business that allows him to support the education of his children. He went to school up to Primary Five, but had to drop out due to lack of school fees.

Seven years ago, Kabamu started feeling pain in his right inguinal area, and later swelling developed in the same area. Pain worsens when he walks and when he lifts heavy items. He has never reported his condition to a hospital because of lack of money for his treatment. He uses herbs, but they give him a little relief. If left untreated, Kabamu may suffer many complications.

Until now, Kabamu has not been able to receive treatment to repair his hernia. For $249, Kabamu will undergo hernia repair surgery at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

“After surgery I hope to continue working in my gardens to get money and support my children,” Kabamu shared.

Kabamu is a 34 year old farmer from Uganda, who specializes in cultivating maize on a small scale. He has five children that are in school a...

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Kabamu's Timeline

  • September 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 07, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kabamu received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • September 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kabamu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kabamu's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kabamu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Kabamu'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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