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Success! Zakaria from Uganda raised $170 to fund treatment for his inguinal herna.

Zakaria
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zakaria's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2021.

Photo of Zakaria post-operation

January 10, 2022

Zakaria underwent treatment for his inguinal hernia.

Zakaria had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his condition worsening. He now believes he will be able to walk easily again and be able to comfortably proceed with his day to day duties, especially on his crop farms.

Zakaria says, “I am feeling better now after the surgery. I thank the donor program for standing in for me and supporting my surgery because my family and I could not afford this. I hope to be able to get a good agricultural output that will help me take good care of my family.”

Zakaria had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his condi...

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October 21, 2021

Zakaria is a farmer who many years ago completed primary school and has been farming since. He is a father of five. All of his children are married and have their own responsibilities so are not able to offer much support to their parents.

For four weeks, Zakaria has had an inguinal hernia. He reports severe pain and feels uncomfortable most of the time. He can no longer take on his day-to-day duties such as farming supervision comfortably and this has affected him psychologically since it’s the major source of his family’s survival. He reported to Rushoroza Hospital and after a review by the surgeon, a herniorrhaphy was recommended. If not treated, the hernia could become obstructed, strangulated and gangrenous. His family cannot afford the surgery he needs.

However, fortunately, on October 22nd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Zakaria’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Zakaria says, “I am in pain and uncomfortable in my current condition. I hope to live a normal and painless life again after surgery so that I may be able to take good care of my fields again like I used to do before.”

Zakaria is a farmer who many years ago completed primary school and has been farming since. He is a father of five. All of his children are ...

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Zakaria's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zakaria was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zakaria received treatment at Rushoroza 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 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zakaria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zakaria's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zakaria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Zakaria's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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