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Success! Muteyanjula from Uganda raised $249 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Muteyanjula
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muteyanjula's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Muteyanjula post-operation

November 6, 2017

Muteyanjula underwent hernia repair surgery.

Muteyanjula’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery Muteyanjula will grow in good health.

His mother says, “Muteyanjula is now much better. I have faith that my son will be well soon. I have high hopes that he is going to recover quickly. I am excited that when his time to start school comes he will study well and without anything disturbing his education. May the lord bless all those who have paid for my son’s treatment.”

Muteyanjula’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery Muteyanjula will grow in good hea...

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October 10, 2017

Meet Muteyanjula, a 10-month-old child from Uganda who lives with his parents and two older siblings. His mother is a farmer and grows food for their family, while his father works as a taxi driver to pay for his siblings’ school fees.

When Muteyanjula was four months old, his mother noticed an inguinal swelling. At first, Muteyanjula’s family didn’t have the money to take him to the hospital, so his grandmother advised them to give him local herbs. Unfortunately this did not improve his condition.

Muteyanjula was first taken to the regional referral hospital, where he was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia—a protrusion of intestinal tissue through a tear in the abdominal wall. The doctors said he was too young for an operation and should wait until he turned five years old to have the surgery. But soon his family learned that if not treated right away, Muteyanjula may suffer intestinal tissue damage due to hernia twisting and blocking.

“He needs help,” shares Muteyanjula’s mother. Although Muteyanjula urgently needs an operation to prevent further damage, his family is unable to pay for his surgery. $249 will cover the costs of a hernia repair procedure, in which doctors will surgically reposition the protrusion of intestinal tissue and fix the tear in his abdominal wall. This will also pay for his hospital stay before and after the operation, so that Muteyanjula can quickly recover and return home to his family. Surgery is scheduled for October 11.

After surgery Muteyanjula will have a healthy childhood and his parents will have peace of mind.

Meet Muteyanjula, a 10-month-old child from Uganda who lives with his parents and two older siblings. His mother is a farmer and grows food ...

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Muteyanjula's Timeline

  • October 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Muteyanjula was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 11, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muteyanjula 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 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muteyanjula's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 06, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muteyanjula's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muteyanjula's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Muteyanjula'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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