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Success! Gumisiriza from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Gumisiriza
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Gumisiriza's treatment was fully funded on November 7, 2016.

Photo of Gumisiriza post-operation

November 14, 2016

Gumisiriza successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Gumisiriza is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I am fine. I am very excited because I am relieved of pain,” shares Gumisiriza. “After recovery I plan to continue volunteering at the Church because that’s where I get strength for my soul. Thank you very much for paying for my surgery. How I wish I could see the people who have helped me!”

Gumisiriza is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better...

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September 14, 2016

Gumisiriza is a 24-year-old young man from Uganda. His father passed on and he lives with his mother. Gumisiriza went to school up to Senior Four. He has no formal employment, but he volunteers at church as Sacristan. He is happiest when he is serving and praying at Church.

Gumisiriza developed a swelling in the epigastric region (upper abdomen) seven years ago. Due to the pain, he is unable to dig, carry heavy items, or walk long distances. He visited a hospital in 2011 and was advised to have surgery, but his mother couldn’t afford to pay for it.

Gumisiriza was given medicine which provided him a little relief, but after some time the pain came back. If not treated, the hernia (part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall) could become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach.

$249 will cover the cost of the surgery and care Gumisiriza needs. After recovery he hopes to be able to work in the gardens.

Gumisiriza is a 24-year-old young man from Uganda. His father passed on and he lives with his mother. Gumisiriza went to school up to Senior...

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Gumisiriza's Timeline

  • September 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gumisiriza 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.

  • October 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gumisiriza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gumisiriza's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gumisiriza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Gumisiriza'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Elkana

Elkana is a cheerful and friendly man from Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. He attended school up until class seven but had to end his studies due to financial constraints. He now works as a farmer and has a small piece of land on which he plants maize and potatoes, primarily to feed him and his family. To earn money, he works as a casual laborer, working on people's farms, as well as doing work such as clearing bushes and carrying loads. Until now, his wife has worked alongside him, but she has stopped working because she is currently pregnant. On July 16th, Elkana was brought to our medical partner's care center after being involved in a road traffic accident involving a lorry, or large truck, and a tractor. This accident left many people injured, including Elkana. He experienced a fracture of his left femur and is now experiencing pain. He is also unable to walk or stand. Without treatment, he will not be able to return to work and provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 19th, Elkana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, he will be able to use his leg again, return to work, and continue providing for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Elkana shares, ”My family depends on me for their daily needs, so it is really difficult for them. Kindly help me so that I may lead a normal life once again.”

44% funded

44%funded
$515raised
$630to go