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Success! Ester from Uganda raised $227 for hernia repair surgery.

Ester
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  • $227 raised, $0 to go
$227
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ester's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2016.

Photo of Ester post-operation

March 21, 2016

Ester received successful hernia repair surgery.

“Ester will be able to return to her previous activities including playing volleyball, her favorite sport,” shares our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. “She will be going back to school to finish her education as a lab technician.”

Now that she is back on her feet, Ester is excited to go home and continue her active life: “I am so excited to be feeling better and to have the pain gone. Thank you to all the people helping me. I am looking forward to being active again.”

"Ester will be able to return to her previous activities including playing volleyball, her favorite sport," shares our medical partner, The ...

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February 25, 2016

Ester, an active, 19-year-old woman from Uganda, studies lab technology at school and is looking forward to a career in the medical field. For the past five years, Ester has had an umbilical hernia, a condition in which the intestine protrudes through the belly button. The hernia has been causing her increasing pain, for which she now needs painkillers.

Ester lives at home with her parents and siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels, playing volleyball, and socializing with friends from school. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, shares, “Ester’s umbilical hernia has been disrupting her daily activities.”

$227 will cover the cost of a hernia repair surgery. The Kellermann Foundation explains, “Ester’s doctors expect her to be able to return to all her normal activities pain-free, including sports.”

After surgery, Ester is looking forward to playing volleyball again, working, and helping out at home. Ester shares, “I would like to thank the people helping me for their support.”

Ester, an active, 19-year-old woman from Uganda, studies lab technology at school and is looking forward to a career in the medical field. F...

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Ester's Timeline

  • February 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ester was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • February 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ester received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • March 3, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ester's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ester's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ester's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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. 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 alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the 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 may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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