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Success! Isingoma from Uganda raised $249 to repair his inguinal hernia.

Isingoma
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Isingoma's treatment was fully funded on November 10, 2016.

Photo of Isingoma post-operation

November 14, 2016

Isingoma successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Isingoma is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“Isingoma feels better. He is not having stomach pain any more. I am very happy and excited about seeing my baby getting better,” Isingoma’s mother shares. “I hope to get to work again because I am relieved of the worry I had about my child. I have much hope that Isingoma will grow up healthy and live happily. My husband and I appreciate so much the assistance given to us by. We pray for God’s abundant blessings upon everyone who has helped us.”

Isingoma is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. ...

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August 31, 2016

This is Isingoma, a five-year-old boy from Uganda, who has a twin brother named Kato. He also has six other brothers and a sister, but he mostly likes staying with his twin brother to play. During Watsi’s interview, he repeatedly asked to go home and play with Kato.

Isingoma is not in school yet, but he can count from one to ten. Meanwhile, his parents are casual laborers, who work in other people’s gardens for pay. They are struggling to pay for the education of their children even with the help of a friend who pays for their daughter’s high school education.

About eight months ago, Isingoma told his mother his scrotum became swollen. His mother checked his scrotal area and was concerned. She took him to a health center where a physician diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. Isingoma was referred to Virika Hospital for further assistance from Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. At Virika, it was confirmed that he has a hernia and a right hydrocele as well. He is not feeling any pain yet, but his mother is worried about the risk of a strangulated hernia and bowel obstruction. She is in anguish because she has another son who also requires a hernia repair (see Kiiza Daniel).

For $249, surgeons at Vrika will reposition Isingoma’s intestinal tissue to prevent bulging and reinforce his weakened abdominal muscles with mesh. To address the hydrocele, Isingoma will under a hydrocelectomy, and the fluid back-up from his right testis will be removed. Surgical intervention will prevent recurrence and further irritation.

After surgery, Isingoma’s mother says, “I hope my children get well soon, so that I can have peace of mind and provide for them.” Let’s help this mother and her young sons!

This is Isingoma, a five-year-old boy from Uganda, who has a twin brother named Kato. He also has six other brothers and a sister, but he mo...

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Isingoma's Timeline

  • August 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Isingoma was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • September 02, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Isingoma 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Isingoma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Isingoma's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Isingoma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Isingoma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$181
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$58
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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