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Edivina is a 31-year-old woman from Uganda who needs $170 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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May 11, 2022

Edivina is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Edivina is a mother of three children in primary school and junior class. Edivina completed primary school class seven, but could not proceed due to financial challenges. Edivina farms with her husband and they own a three room mud house for shelter.

For three years, Edivina has had an umbilical hernia. Edivina first developed mild abdominal pains around the umbilical region but thought it was a temporally condition that would heal with time. When the pain started increasing, Edivina was forced to seek medical assistance. Unfortunately, Edivina could not afford the recommended surgery at that time. Currently, Edivina feels severe pain when carrying heavy loads, coughing and sometimes eating. Edivina has to walk gently to avoid aggravating the pain.

Edivina will undergo hernia repair surgery on May 12, 2022 at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Edivina’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Musiimenta says, “My condition has affected my way of life negatively. I can no longer do my day to day duties especially farming comfortably. I wish to live a normal life once again through surgery.”

Edivina is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Edivina is a mother of three children in primary school and junior class. Edivina completed pri...

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Edivina's Timeline

  • May 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Edivina was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edivina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Edivina is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Edivina's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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