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Success! Edivinah from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery so that she can live comfortably.

Edivinah
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Edivinah's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2021.

Photo of Edivinah post-operation

November 8, 2021

Edivinah underwent hernia repair surgery so that she can live comfortably.

Edivinah had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of her supra-umbilical hernia worsening. She is relieved to no longer experience pain or the feeling of paralyzed that she was having. She is feeling that she’ll now live a better life.

Edivinah says, “I thank the donor program for restoring my life through financial support. My family could otherwise not afford the surgery. May God bless you. I will resume farming as soon as I get better.”

Edivinah had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of her supra-umbilical hernia worsen...

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October 8, 2021

Edivinah is a 59-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and lives with her husband who is also a small-scale farmer. She and her husband have seven children. Their oldest child is 28 years old while their youngest is 16. They own and live in a three-room home. Edivinah shared that she receives minimal support from her children because several are already married with their own responsibilities.

For six years, Edivinah has had a supraumbilical hernia. She has never visited a health center due to the cost, but she experiences pain in her abdomen and occasional weakness in her arms. Her condition is also affecting her ability to work on the farm. If left untreated, the hernia could become obstructed causing complications.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Edivinah receive treatment. On October 9th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $170 to fund Edivinah’s procedure and care.

Edivinah shared, “I am currently not well and can no longer practice farming comfortably yet it is the major source of my family’s survival. I pray that I may get well through surgery and that I may be able to proceed with farming and live a better life.”

Edivinah is a 59-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and lives with her husband who is also a small-scale farmer. She and her husban...

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Edivinah's Timeline

  • October 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Edivinah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edivinah received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • October 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edivinah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edivinah's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edivinah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Edivinah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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