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Success! Sunday from Uganda raised $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sunday's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2017.

Photo of Sunday post-operation

July 24, 2017

Sunday underwent hernia repair surgery.

Sunday’s hernia was successfully repaired and, after full recovery, doctors expect he will be able to resume all his normal activities. He is now home recuperating. He is very much looking forward to getting back to work, because he has been completely dependent on his wife for the last year. Having enough to feed his family and send his children to school is his goal.

“It has been very difficult to see my wife work so hard this last year,” says Sunday. “We could not afford my surgery. Having help from Watsi means I will be able to support my family again. It is a great blessing for which I am so grateful.”

Sunday's hernia was successfully repaired and, after full recovery, doctors expect he will be able to resume all his normal activities. He i...

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May 25, 2017

Sunday is a hardworking father of five from the countryside of Uganda. At 53 years old, he has worked as a farmer most of his life to support his family. He and his wife, Jennifer, grow beans, potatoes, and cassava.

For the last eight years, Sunday has lived with an inguinal hernia—a protrusion of the intestines through a weak point in the abdominal muscles that presents as a bulge in the groin. Treatment for an inguinal hernia is an operation to push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area.

In the last year, Sunday has not been able to work due to the pain from the hernia. He has difficulty walking even a few meters and prefers to rest most of the time. He has gone to different health facilities seeking medicine for pain relief because he cannot afford the cost of the surgery that he needs.

Without having Sunday to work with her on the farm for the last year, Jennifer has not managed to grow enough food to support the family or to have extra to sell for school fees of their five children.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, requests $229 to pay for Sunday’s surgery, five days of hospital care, lab tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Sunday is scheduled to undergo surgery on June 5.

After his recovery, Sunday hopes to join his wife on their farm to grow more food for the family.

“I thank the donors for the support to be able to get this surgery,” shares Sunday. “I have suffered with pain for many years due to failure to raise money to have a surgery. May God bless the donors abundantly and continue this program for helping the needy.”

Sunday is a hardworking father of five from the countryside of Uganda. At 53 years old, he has worked as a farmer most of his life to suppor...

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Sunday's Timeline

  • May 25, 2017

    Sunday was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • June 5, 2017

    Sunday received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • June 13, 2017

    Sunday's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017

    Sunday's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 23, 2017

    Sunday's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sunday's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A bulge and pain in the affected area are the most common symptoms. The symptoms may get worse with straining. The pain may be severe enough to affect the patient’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Because they can’t afford the cost of surgery, many patients wait years before having their hernias repaired. They live with chronic pain. In addition, the economic impact on families can be profound. Patients with hernias are often unable to work full-time, reducing their ability to grow or purchase food and to pay school fees for their children. If surgery for children is delayed, the hernia may become incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the intestine.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no historical, regional, or cultural significance to this condition. Surgery is often delayed because of poverty.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is typically admitted to the hospital one day prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. At Bwindi Community Hospital, surgery for hernias is conducted under general anesthesia. The Bassini hernia surgical technique is used for inguinal hernias. An incision is made in the area of the hernia, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together and sutured. The skin incision is then sutured, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. The patient will typically remain in the hospital for two days post-surgery. The patient will be discharged on the third day and return for followup after two weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After rest and healing, the patient will be able to resume normal activities. Long-term complications in children may be avoided.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks with anesthesia, especially in children. The surgical repair procedure is simple and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia surgery is only available at hospitals. The nearest alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the community health nurses.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Adult patients may wait years before seeking treatment because they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Alternatives may include pain management medicine or abdominal support. Some patients may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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