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Success! Elias from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Elias
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Elias's treatment was fully funded on June 10, 2022.

Photo of Elias post-operation

June 17, 2022

Elias underwent hernia repair surgery.

Elias had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. He is no longer worried of the hernia and its complications. He is very happy that he will continue to look after his sheep and can support his family. He wishes to take a small break on farming until he recovers completely.

Elias says, “I thank the donor program for the good initiative to support the needy because I and my family could not have afforded the surgery. May God protect and bless your ideas.”

Elias had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. He is no longer worried of the hernia and its c...

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April 18, 2022

Elias is a 68-year-old father of six. He and his wife rear sheep and farm crops for a living. Their oldest child is now 43 years old, while their youngest child is 26 years old. Elias shared that his children are not able to provide much support for him and his wife regarding his medical care due to their own family obligations.

For four years, Elias has had a left inguinal hernia. As a result, he experiences pain, and the different medications he has tried have been unable to help. Elias visited our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital, where the doctors recommend surgery in order for him to heal.

Fortunately, on April 19th, Elias will finally undergo hernia repair surgery. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $170 to fund Elias’s surgery and care.

Elias shared, “I hope to get well again through surgery after trying several medications without improvement. I hope I’ll be able to continue rearing my sheep after recovering completely.”

Elias is a 68-year-old father of six. He and his wife rear sheep and farm crops for a living. Their oldest child is now 43 years old, while ...

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Elias's Timeline

  • April 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elias received 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.

  • April 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elias's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elias's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elias's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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