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June 28, 2017

Kabahinda is a 25-year-old farmer and mother of three from Uganda.

For the past six years, Kabahinda has lived with a large swelling in her lower abdomen that was caused by an improperly healed cesarean section incision. Her friends advised her to get medical treatment, but one of her children became ill and she spent all of her money on her child’s treatment and the family’s rent. The swelling makes it difficult for Kabahinda to lift heavy things and walk long distances. If left untreated, her condition will continue to worsen.

Kabahinda sought assistance through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Her swelling was diagnosed as a hernia, and she is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on July 5 to alleviate her pain. She is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

“I am not well, I’ve lived with a big hernia for 6 years. I have children but I am poor. I am requesting for help so that after surgery I may be able to look after my children,” she says.

Kabahinda is a 25-year-old farmer and mother of three from Uganda. For the past six years, Kabahinda has lived with a large swelling in h...

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Kabahinda's Timeline

  • June 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kabahinda received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • July 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kabahinda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kabahinda's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kabahinda is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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