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Success! Davis from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery so he can return to his studies free of worry.

Davis
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Davis's treatment was fully funded on December 10, 2022.

Photo of Davis post-operation

December 20, 2022

Davis underwent hernia repair surgery so he can return to his studies free of worry.

Davis had a successful surgery with the medical team at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has had a positive impact on his life because he is now confident that the swelling will not continue and he will be able to resume studies. His family appreciates the support given to their son. He was sent home feeling well.

Davis says, “I am very happy and thankful to the donors for giving me another chance to live a normal and better life. I strongly believe that I will take on my studies comfortably and steadily for a better future.”

Davis had a successful surgery with the medical team at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has had a positive impact on his life because he is ...

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August 11, 2022

Davis is a bright young man from Uganda. He is the thirdborn in a family of five children, all ranging in age from 15 to 30. His parents are small-scale farmers, and they own a three-room mud house for shelter. Davis completed secondary school class four, but he did not proceed because he wanted to prioritize and take care of his health before returning to his studies.

For over five years, Davis has dealt with a right inguinal hernia. The hernia started as a small, painless swelling, but it has progressively increased in size. His parents initially were not concerned because Davis continued with his home duties per usual and was still very active. However, due to the swelling’s noticeable increase in size, Davis has become very worried about the health complications his hernia can cause if it is not treated promptly. If left untreated, not only will the growth continue to grow, but he will also be at risk of strangulation and intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center on August 13th.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Davis’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Davis says, “I want and hope to live a normal life again through surgery and be able to take my studies to a higher level. I want to become a strong and educated man in future who is able to help others.”

Davis is a bright young man from Uganda. He is the thirdborn in a family of five children, all ranging in age from 15 to 30. His parents are...

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Davis's Timeline

  • August 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Davis was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Davis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Davis 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.

  • December 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Davis's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Davis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Davis'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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Irenea

Irenea is a 60-year woman from the Philippines. She takes care of her grandchildren and helps with household chores. Her daughter, a vendor, and her son-in-law, a baker, support the family financially. In February 2022, Irenea began to experience troubling symptoms, including intermittent fever and episodes of blood in the urine. She sought a medical checkup and underwent an ultrasound test. The test revealed that she was suffering from gallstones. She opted to take medicine in the hopes that it would cure her condition. Unfortunately, her condition seemed to worsen over time. Irenea has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irenea is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 16th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Irenea's surgery and care. "This treatment is almost impossible for our mother to receive. Our financial resources are insufficient, so we're incapable to pay for her hospital bill," Irenea's daughter shared tearfully. "To WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you for this early Christmas gift! Our family is so happy to be one of your beneficiaries," she added.

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