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

Musabye
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Musabye's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Musabye post-operation

April 12, 2017

Musabye underwent hernia repair surgery.

Musabye’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to work in his field and to do any other work.

Musabye says, “I am well. I have no words to express the joy I am having at heart. I am excited that I am going to have good health again. After recovery I will continue working in my fields. Thank you very much for paying for my treatment. I cannot thank you enough.”

Musabye’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to work in hi...

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March 6, 2017

Musabye is a 48-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has eight children.

Two years ago, Musabye developed a small swelling in his right groin. As the swelling increased in size and grew painful, he was told he would need surgery. Musabye is unable to lift heavy objects because of the intense pain.

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

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

He says, “I have pain, and I am unable to pay for my surgery. I am requesting for help.”

Musabye is a 48-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has eight children. Two years ago, Musabye developed a small swelling in h...

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Musabye's Timeline

  • March 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 08, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musabye received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • March 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musabye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musabye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musabye'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 Musabye'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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