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

Mpaka
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mpaka's treatment was fully funded on June 15, 2018.

Photo of Mpaka post-operation

May 30, 2018

Mpaka underwent hernia repair surgery.

Surgery was successful, and he is no longer at risk of complications.

Surgery was successful, and he is no longer at risk of complications....

May 9, 2018

Mpaka is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of 15 children.

For two years, Mpaka has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and discomfort, and if not treated it may lead to intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 9, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Mpaka’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

He says, “After surgery I will continue with farming since it’s our family’s source of food.”

Mpaka is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of 15 children. For two years, Mpaka has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia ca...

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Mpaka's Timeline

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 9, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mpaka 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.

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mpaka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 30, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mpaka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mpaka'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 Mpaka'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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Lovence

Lovence is a farmer and a loving mother of five children; two sons and three daughters. One of the sons is a banana trader and another one is a hawker in Kampala. All her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Lovence has been supporting her family alone since her husband died in 2000. She dropped out of school in third grade due to school fees and started doing farming in a banana and coffee plantation. The 51-year-old has been earning her living from farming, but shared that her production is small. In her free time, she weaves mats and baskets to earn supplementary income. Lovence needs surgery but her income is insufficient to fund it. For two years, Lovence has been experiencing on and off abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. Before her referral to Nyakibale Hospital, Lovence had visited several healthcare facilities where they treated her for urinary tract infections. She has now been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Lovence's surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Lovence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Lovence says, "I hope to get back into farming after the treatment. Your support will be highly appreciated."

54% funded

54%funded
$120raised
$99to go

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