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

Kobusinge
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kobusinge's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Kobusinge post-operation

October 4, 2017

Kobusinge underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kobusinge’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of hernia twisting and blocking. After recovery she will be able to do simple chores at home.

She says, “My abdomen now fees lighter. I no longer feel the swelling. After recovery I will be able to continue with farming and provide food for my family without anything disturbing me. Thank you very much Watsi for helping me. Keep up the spirit of helping.”

Kobusinge’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of hernia twisting and blocking. After recovery she will be able to do sim...

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September 11, 2017

Kobusinge is 62 years old and the single mother of six children. Her youngest two are now grown up and have jobs. Kobusinge is a farmer.

In 2012, Kobusinge had laparotomy in a regional hospital due to intestinal obstruction. She healed well, but after three months her scar became tender and began to swell. Kobusinge returned to the same hospital and they performed an abdominal scan, which showed that she had an incisional hernia. They referred her to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, for hernia repair surgery. If not treated, Kobusinge may suffer from hernia twisting and blocking.

In order to help Kobusinge, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to help fund her surgery and hospital stay. After surgery she will have peace of mind and plans to resume farming.

She is scheduled to undergo surgery on September 13.

Kobusinge is 62 years old and the single mother of six children. Her youngest two are now grown up and have jobs. Kobusinge is a farmer. ...

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Kobusinge's Timeline

  • September 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kobusinge received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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.

  • September 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kobusinge's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 04, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kobusinge's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kobusinge's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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