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

Ahabyona
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$249
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$0
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Fully funded
Ahabyona's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2017.

Photo of Ahabyona post-operation

January 26, 2017

Ahabyona underwent successful hernia repair.

He is no longer at risk of a strangulated hernia. After full recovery, he will be able to do any work.

Ahabyona says, “I feel fine, and I am very happy because all the pain I had is almost gone. Indeed, I am very grateful to God because of the Watsi organization. After recovery, I will continue serving in the Church…Special thanks to all the people who have paid for my surgery.”

He is no longer at risk of a strangulated hernia. After full recovery, he will be able to do any work. Ahabyona says, “I feel fine, and I...

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November 9, 2016

Ahabyona is a 26-year-old man who lives with his mother and siblings in Uganda. He is an altar server at a local church. He also cleans the cathedral compound.

In 2009, Ahabyona developed a swelling in his right inguinal region. The swelling caused him a lot of pain, but he could not afford to visit a hospital. Finally, he visited our medical partner’s hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital, after he learned about Watsi.

Ahabyona was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia, a condition in which part of the intestines protrude through a weak region of abdominal muscles in the groin. A hernia presents as a bulge and makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. When he visited the hospital, Ahabyona could not dig or carry heavy items.

“My health is deteriorating because of the sickness, and l am scared,” he shared.

On November 16, Ahabyona underwent a hernia repair surgery. During the surgery, his doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 in funding. This money will cover the costs of a three-night hospital stay, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests.

After surgery, Ahabyona hopes to start trading in dry food stuffs, such as beans and groundnuts.

Ahabyona is a 26-year-old man who lives with his mother and siblings in Uganda. He is an altar server at a local church. He also cleans the ...

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Ahabyona's Timeline

  • November 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ahabyona received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ahabyona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ahabyona's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 26, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ahabyona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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