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Success! Mbikiriize from Uganda raised $220 for hernia repair surgery.

Mbikiriize
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Mbikiriize's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2016.

Photo of Mbikiriize post-operation

February 28, 2016

Mbikiriize received hernia repair surgery.

“Mbikiriize’s hernia repair was a success,” his doctor shares. “There is no more risk of intestinal obstruction, incarceration or strangulation. After recovery, his father hopes, he is going to live healthier. He was discharged from the hospital.”

“Thank you; I already see a change in my son,” his father says. “May God give you long life. My thanks to the hospital staff too for their kindness.”

"Mbikiriize’s hernia repair was a success," his doctor shares. "There is no more risk of intestinal obstruction, incarceration or strangulat...

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January 25, 2016

Mbikiriize, a two-year-old Ugandan boy, is the youngest of five children in his family. “His father is a peasant and his mother is a housewife,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

A few weeks after his birth, Mbikiriize developed swelling in his left groin, which doctors diagnosed as an inguinal scrotal hernia, or a protrusion of the intestine through the lower abdominal wall.

“Mbikiriize’s parents were advised to take him for surgery when he would be a little older,” says AMHF. “His father was still looking for money to take him to the hospital when he heard about help from Watsi at Virika hospital.”

If Mbikiriize’s hernia goes untreated, he risks suffering intestinal obstruction, incarceration and/or strangulation. During the proposed surgery, doctors will push the herniated tissue back into the abdominal cavity and repair the hole in his abdominal wall.

The $220 procedure will eliminate the aforementioned risks and allow Mbikiriize to attend school when he is old enough.

“Each time my son’s hernia becomes visible I get scared that it will burst one day,” says Mbikiriize’s father. “I am very grateful for the help you are planning to give me.”

Mbikiriize, a two-year-old Ugandan boy, is the youngest of five children in his family. “His father is a peasant and his mother is a housewi...

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Mbikiriize's Timeline

  • January 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mbikiriize received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • February 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mbikiriize's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 12, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mbikiriize's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mbikiriize's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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