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Success! Enoth from Uganda raised $307 to fund abdominal surgery.

  • $307 raised, $0 to go
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Enoth's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Enoth post-operation

April 14, 2017

Enoth underwent abdominal surgery.

Enoth underwent successful surgery to remove his very inflamed appendix. He is now home recovering and is doing well. His doctors expect a full recovery. Once he is fully recovered, he should be able to return to work.

“I pray that many blessings come to the donors,” says Enoth. “I could not have afforded this expensive surgery myself, and it will enable me to return to work and support my family.”

Enoth underwent successful surgery to remove his very inflamed appendix. He is now home recovering and is doing well. His doctors expect a f...

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March 16, 2017

Enoth is a 40-year-old husband and father of five children from Uganda. He works as a mechanic, and his wife grows crops to feed their family. Enoth uses his small income to support his children’s education and other needs. In his free time, he watches soccer and participates in community games. He also enjoys listening to music while he works.

For the last six months, Enoth has endured pain from appendicitis. He experienced difficulty bending and squatting, and he had trouble falling asleep. He tried pain relievers that he received from a local clinic, but they were not helpful.

Eventually, he visited our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Now, a surgery is scheduled for March 16, and our medical partner is requesting $307 to fund the appendicitis treatment. Enoth will pay $4.

“Thank you so much,” says Enoth. “I may not have enough to pay you back for the help, but I pray for blessings upon the donors.”

Enoth is a 40-year-old husband and father of five children from Uganda. He works as a mechanic, and his wife grows crops to feed their famil...

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Enoth's Timeline

  • March 16, 2017

    Enoth was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • March 16, 2017

    Enoth received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • March 23, 2017

    Enoth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017

    Enoth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Enoth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Enoth's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This surgery has no cultural significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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