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August 21, 2017

Miramago is a 77-year-old man from Uganada. He is a widower and the father of four children, all of whom have families of their own now. He lives with his grandchildren and spends much of his day farming. It brings him joy to be able to supply food for his family.

About seven months ago, Miramago began to experience a swelling on the right, lower side of his abdomen, along with severe back pain. He went to a local clinic, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. This means that his intestines are protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. Surgery is required to correct the condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Miramago’s operation. He is scheduled for surgery on August 23 at our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. After surgery, he will be able to return to his daily life without pain.

“After surgery,” Miramago says. “I will continue with farming.”

Miramago is a 77-year-old man from Uganada. He is a widower and the father of four children, all of whom have families of their own now. He ...

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Miramago's Timeline

  • August 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Miramago received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Miramago's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Miramago's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Miramago is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Funded by 1 donor

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