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

Magejjo
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$220
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Magejjo's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2016.

Photo of Magejjo post-operation

February 28, 2016

Magejjo had a successful hernia repair.

“I didn’t have money to pay for my treatment,” shares Magejjo. With Watsi’s support, Magejjo received a successful surgery to repair his hernia.

“Magejjo’s hernia repair was a success,” our medical partner explains. “There is no more risk of intestinal obstruction, incarceration or strangulation. After recovery he hopes to continue his work as office messenger with much vigor.”

“Thank you very much for assisting me,” he said.

"I didn't have money to pay for my treatment," shares Magejjo. With Watsi's support, Magejjo received a successful surgery to repair his her...

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January 25, 2016

Meet Magejjo, a 28-year-old Ugandan man who enjoys listening to music and watching soccer. He is a fan of the Arsenal soccer team. Three years ago, Magejjo developed swelling in his inguinal scrotal region that has since been diagnosed as a hernia—a protrusion of the intestines through the abdominal wall. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “After eating he feels abdominal pain and feels bloated.”

Magejjo works as an office messenger, but sometimes he misses work due to his medical condition. He says, “The swelling is so big that it makes me feel uncomfortable when I am with people.” Though Magejjo was advised to have surgery in 2015, he could not afford the procedure. “If not treated, Magejjo may suffer intestinal obstruction, incarceration and/or strangulation,” says AMHF.

For $220, Magejjo will undergo surgery to return the herniated tissue to the abdominal cavity and repair the weakened tissue in the abdominal wall. The surgery will prevent intestinal obstruction, incarceration and/or strangulation.

After surgery, Magejjo hopes to work more effectively and secure his job so that he can begin to save money and eventually start his own business.

Meet Magejjo, a 28-year-old Ugandan man who enjoys listening to music and watching soccer. He is a fan of the Arsenal soccer team. Three yea...

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Magejjo's Timeline

  • January 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Magejjo was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Magejjo received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • February 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Magejjo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Magejjo's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Magejjo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 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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