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Success! David from Uganda raised $307 to fund removal of his appendix.

David
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$307
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
David's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of David post-operation

April 13, 2017

David underwent removal of his appendix.

David is back home recovering from his surgery for an inflamed appendix. He is healing nicely, and the chronic pain is gone. After he recovers from surgery, he is looking forward to being able to pursue his ministry and to be able to work comfortably in his garden.

“I will ask God to bless all the donors,” says David. “Their help after so many years of pain is such a blessing. I am looking forward to being able to work in my fields again without pain.”

David is back home recovering from his surgery for an inflamed appendix. He is healing nicely, and the chronic pain is gone. After he recove...

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March 15, 2017

David is a 58-year-old minister from Uganda who enjoys reading the Bible and preparing lessons to share. He works alongside his wife at the local congregation to support the family. Together, David and his wife have seven children.

David first felt abdominal pain in 1978. He had chronic pain ever since and took pain medication for relief. Three years ago, physicians told David that he would need to have his inflamed appendix removed in order to avoid life-threatening complications associated with the appendix bursting. David could not afford the surgery so he once again elected to take pain medications.

This year, the pain became increasingly difficult to bear. Luckily, David found help at a community hospital funded by The Kellermann Foundation, one of our medical partners. On March 15, David will undergo surgical removal of his appendix. The Kellermann Foundation is requesting $307 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, David will feel better and be able to return to his favorite activities.

David says, “I thank the people that are supporting Watsi, and most especially those donating towards my surgery. May God bless them abundantly.”

David is a 58-year-old minister from Uganda who enjoys reading the Bible and preparing lessons to share. He works alongside his wife at the ...

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David's Timeline

  • March 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 15, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David 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.

  • March 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    David's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for David's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

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

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

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

This surgery has no cultural significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

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

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

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

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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