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Success! Niwahereza from Uganda raised $170 to fund surgery to repair his inguinal hernia.

Niwahereza
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Niwahereza's treatment was fully funded on September 10, 2020.

Photo of Niwahereza post-operation

September 11, 2020

Niwahereza underwent surgery to repair his inguinal hernia.

Niwahereza had a successful herniotomy treatment to treat his inguinal scrotal hernia. His father already reports a big improvement after his son’s surgery. Niwahereza will be able to play with others, is smiling, and is generally happy after being relieved of this burden. He no longer complains of pain. He will be able to assist his mother in helping with things around the house. Most importantly, he will live a better quality of life after recovery.

Niwahereza’s father told us, “we received quality services and care at Rushoroza Hospital. Our son will resume school comfortably when the government’s COVID-19 school ban is lifted. Thanks to WATSI for their generous financial support to make this possible.”

Niwahereza had a successful herniotomy treatment to treat his inguinal scrotal hernia. His father already reports a big improvement after hi...

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July 31, 2020

Niwahereza is a young boy from Uganda. He is the first born in a family of three children and is in preschool, his younger siblings haven’t yet started school. He likes to assist his mother with home activities such as sweeping outside the house and washing clothes. His father is a motorcycle taxi operator while his mother is a small-scale farmer. They rent a single room because they own a small piece of land that requires extension before they can construct their own house.

For the last 6 months, Niwahereza has experienced a swelling of the abdomen that causes him discomfort and pain and has been diagnosed with an inguinal scrotal hernia, a condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Niwahereza’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Niwahereza’s father says, “After surgery, he will be able to go back to school and receive a good education. He will live a better life. He also misses being able to help his mother around our house.”

Niwahereza is a young boy from Uganda. He is the first born in a family of three children and is in preschool, his younger siblings haven’t ...

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Niwahereza's Timeline

  • July 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Niwahereza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Niwahereza received treatment at Rushoroza 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 10, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Niwahereza's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Niwahereza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Niwahereza'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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14%funded
$31raised
$189to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Twongirwe

Twongirwe is a 37-year-old single mother to four. She says she separated with her husband who was an alcoholic and not healthy for their family. Twongirwe decided to go back to her parental home with her children. There she earns a living from small-scale farming where she grows food crops to feed her family and children and often sells off the surplus to generate an income. She sometimes works on other peoples farms in case she needs money and to help fund school fees for her children. Twongirwe arrived at the hospital with pain around her inguinal region associated with generalized body weakness and moderate bleeding for three years now. She also has severe backaches. This has affected her work performance since she no longer attends to her farm as her pain worsens when she is cultivating yet farming is her only source of income. Twongirwe went to a local health centre for treatment where she was examined by the doctor who told her that she may have a cyst and referred her to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital for further care. There Twongirwe was examined by the doctor who recommended she receive an obstetric scan, which confirmed her cyst diagnosis. The medical team feels she will benefit from a cystectomy treatment for the good and betterment of her health. Twongirwe said: “I expect to get healed from my condition, have a normal health, a new life, and continue hustling to see that my children may grow well and have a brighter future.”

14% funded

14%funded
$31raised
$189to go