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

Muhangi
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muhangi's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2018.

Photo of Muhangi post-operation

September 26, 2018

Muhangi underwent hernia repair surgery.

His hernia treatment was successful. He will no longer experience pain and will have improved quality of life. He is no longer at risk of the hernia twisting or blocking.

His grandmother says, “Thank you very much for the great support. After recovery he will have peace of mind and resume with education. May God reward you.”

His hernia treatment was successful. He will no longer experience pain and will have improved quality of life. He is no longer at risk of th...

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August 31, 2018

Muhangi is a young student from Uganda. He is the youngest out of three children. He is in pre-school and he wants to become a teacher when he grows up. Muhangi’s parents are farmers.

For three years, Muhangi has had a scrotal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on September 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Muhangi’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

His grandmother says, “After surgery my grandson will have peace of mind and resume with education.”

Muhangi is a young student from Uganda. He is the youngest out of three children. He is in pre-school and he wants to become a teacher when ...

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Muhangi's Timeline

  • August 31, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muhangi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muhangi 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 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muhangi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 30, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muhangi'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 Muhangi'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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