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Success! Mugabe from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery so that he can live comfortably.

Mugabe
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mugabe's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2021.

Photo of Mugabe post-operation

November 8, 2021

Mugabe underwent hernia repair surgery so that he can live comfortably.

Mugabe had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at our medical parter’s care center Rushoroza Hospital. Thus surgery heals his hernia and reduces the chances of future complications. He now hopes to comfortably resume his building duties around their village and further support his family. Together with his wife, they appreciate the great financial support provided as they otherwise would not have been able to receive care.

Mugabe shared, “Many thanks to the donor program and Rushoroza Hospital for the tireless financial support and great care towards my family. May God reward you abundantly. I feel better now.”

Mugabe had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at our medical parter's care center Rushoroza Hospital. Thus surgery heals his hernia and redu...

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October 14, 2021

Mugabe is a 60-year-old builder. He is married and a father to eight children. His oldest child is 35 years old, while his youngest is 13 years old. His wife works as a small-scale farmer and their family lives in a five room home.

For over 10 years, Mugabe has had a supraumbilical hernia. He hoped that medication would treat his condition, but over the years the swelling in his abdomen has worsened. He experiences intermittent pain, has difficulty working, and is worried about the future if his condition is not treated.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mugabe to receive treatment. He visited AMH’s care center for examination and surgery was recommended. On October 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, he needs help raising $170 to fund his procedure and care.

Mugabe shared, “I have been in this condition for a while but it is currently very worrying. I hope to get better through surgery and continue with being able to build again after complete recovery.”

Mugabe is a 60-year-old builder. He is married and a father to eight children. His oldest child is 35 years old, while his youngest is 13 ye...

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Mugabe's Timeline

  • October 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mugabe 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mugabe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mugabe's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mugabe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Mugabe'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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