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Success! Austine from Uganda raised $179 to fund hernia surgery.

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Austine's treatment was fully funded on July 24, 2017.

Photo of Austine post-operation

April 14, 2017

Austine underwent hernia surgery.

Austine is recovering well from his hernia surgery. Both Austine and his mother, Scovia, are back home. He will return to the hospital for a checkup, but his doctors expect no complications.

“Thank you so much for the help,” says Scovia. “I am relived to know that my son will now develop normally. It is such a blessing to have a program that helps needy people. Please give all my blessings to the donors.”

Austine is recovering well from his hernia surgery. Both Austine and his mother, Scovia, are back home. He will return to the hospital for a...

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March 29, 2017

Austine is a curious one-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the first child born to his parents, Scovia and Ronald. Austine’s father, Ronald, works as a cook at a lodge. His mother, Scovia, stays at home to take care of him. Austine just started walking and is learning how to kick a ball.

Austine was born with a hernia in a sensitive area, leaving his testicles undescended. On April 4, Austine will undergo surgery at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner’s care center, to correct his hernia. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $179 to cover the cost of his treatment.

Scovia looks forward to taking Austine to school when he is older. She is also grateful to all the donors for their help. She says, “Thank you to all the donors for supporting us.”

Austine is a curious one-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the first child born to his parents, Scovia and Ronald. Austine's father, Ronald, w...

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Austine's Timeline

  • March 29, 2017

    Austine was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 4, 2017

    Austine received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • April 4, 2017

    Austine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017

    Austine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 24, 2017

    Austine's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Pediatric Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $179 for Austine'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 bulge and pain in the affected area are the most common symptoms of a hernia. The symptoms may get worse with straining. The pain may be severe enough to affect the patient’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

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

Because they can’t afford the cost of surgery, many patients wait years before having their hernias repaired. They live with chronic pain. In addition, the economic impact on families can be profound. Patients with hernias are often unable to work full-time, reducing their ability to grow or purchase food and to pay school fees for their children. If surgery for children is delayed, the hernia may become incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the intestine.

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

There is no historical, regional, or cultural significance to this condition. Surgery is often delayed because of poverty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is typically admitted to the hospital one day prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. At Bwindi Community Hospital, surgery for hernias is conducted under general anesthesia. The Bassini hernia surgical technique is used for inguinal hernias. An incision is made in the area of the hernia, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together and sutured. The skin incision is then sutured, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. The patient will typically remain in the hospital for two days post-surgery. The patient will be discharged on the third day and return for followup after two weeks.

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

After rest and healing, the patient will be able to resume normal activities. Long-term complications in children may be avoided.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks with anesthesia, especially in children. The surgical repair procedure is simple and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.

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

Hernia surgery is only available at hospitals. The nearest alternate hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from two to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from community health nurses.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Adult patients may wait years before seeking treatment because they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Alternatives may include pain management medicine or abdominal support. Some patients use herbal medicines to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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