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

Kisembo
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$249
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Kisembo's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Kisembo post-operation

October 2, 2017

Kisembo underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kisembo’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of getting hernia obstruction and strangulation. After recovery he will be able to continue with his studies.

His grandmother says, “Kisembo is now much better. He is able to walk very well around the ward and he can move outside. After recovery he will be able to resume his studies when the holiday ends. I am very excited by Kisembo’s recovery because now he will concentrate in class. Thank you very much Watsi for paying for my grandson’s surgery. I cannot thank you enough. Keep up the spirit of helping. God bless the works of your hands.’’

Kisembo’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of getting hernia obstruction and strangulation. After recovery he will be ab...

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August 28, 2017

Kisembo is a five-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the eldest of two children, and he has a younger brother. Kisembo currently attends nursery school. His father is a builder, and his mother is a farmer.

About three months ago, Kisembo developed a swelling around his umbilical region. A nurse at his school gave him treatment, but the swelling did not subside. Kisembo could not sleep because of the pain, and the painkillers were not working. At the end of the school term, Kisembo’s father took him to the hospital, where Kisembo was diagnosed with an epigastric hernia. If not treated, Kisembo may experience intestinal tissue twisting and blocking.

On September 6, Kisembo will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $249 to fund Kisembo’s procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a three-night hospital stay, supplies, labs, medication and physician time.

Kisembo is a five-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the eldest of two children, and he has a younger brother. Kisembo currently attends nurser...

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Kisembo's Timeline

  • August 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 07, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kisembo received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • September 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kisembo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kisembo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kisembo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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