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

Muhumuza
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muhumuza's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Muhumuza post-operation

July 10, 2017

Muhumuza underwent hernia repair surgery.

Muhumuza’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of developing intestinal obstruction and strangulation. After recovery he will be able to do any work at home.

Muhumuza’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of developing intestinal obstruction and strangulation. After recovery he wi...

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May 15, 2017

Muhumuza is a 29-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has four children, who are all in school.

Muhumuza developed a swelling in his groin when he was 14 years old, and by the time he was 20, the swelling had extended into his scrotum and he started feeling considerable pain. Due to the pain he is unable to lift heavy objects and has lost his appetite.

Muhumuza was advised to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for treatment. If not treated, Muhumuza may suffer intestinal tissue damage or even death.

On May 17, Muhumuza will undergo hernia repair surgery. He is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of his procedure.

Muhumuza says, “I have a hernia. After surgery I hope to continue farming in order to earn money for my children’s education.”

Muhumuza is a 29-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has four children, who are all in school. Muhumuza developed a swelling ...

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Muhumuza's Timeline

  • May 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muhumuza 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.

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muhumuza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muhumuza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muhumuza's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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