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Laura is a student from Uganda who needs $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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June 10, 2017

Laura is a 21-year-old student from rural Uganda. Laura comes from a large family of seven children. During her free time, Laura likes to take nature walks and visit friends.

Laura has been living with a painful umbilical hernia for the past eight years that has only become more painful over time. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, she is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on June 12. She is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

Laura is training to be a midwife but her hernia causes her pain when she is assisting mothers during delivery. After surgery, Laura hopes to continue with her studies. She loves being a midwife and helping mothers bring their babies into this world. “I thank the donors for the support, my mother is not able to pay for the surgery, and we struggle a lot with raising tuition and other home needs,” she says.

Laura is a 21-year-old student from rural Uganda. Laura comes from a large family of seven children. During her free time, Laura likes to ta...

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Laura's Timeline

  • June 10, 2017

    Laura was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 12, 2017

    Laura received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • July 06, 2017

    Laura's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017

    Awaiting Laura's treatment update from The Kellermann Foundation.


    Laura is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Laura's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A bulge and pain in the affected area are the most common symptoms. The symptoms may get worse with straining. The pain may be severe enough to affect the patient’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

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

Because they can’t afford the cost of surgery, many patients wait years before having their hernias repaired. They live with chronic pain. In addition, the economic impact on families can be profound. Patients with hernias are often unable to work full-time, reducing their ability to grow or purchase food and to pay school fees for their children. If surgery for children is delayed, the hernia may become incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the intestine.

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

There is no historical, regional, or cultural significance to this condition. Surgery is often delayed because of poverty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is typically admitted to the hospital one day prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. At Bwindi Community Hospital, surgery for hernias is conducted under general anesthesia. The Bassini hernia surgical technique is used for inguinal hernias. An incision is made in the area of the hernia, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together and sutured. The skin incision is then sutured, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. The patient will typically remain in the hospital for two days post-surgery. The patient will be discharged on the third day and return for followup after two weeks.

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

After rest and healing, the patient will be able to resume normal activities. Long-term complications in children may be avoided.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks with anesthesia, especially in children. The surgical repair procedure is simple and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.

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

Hernia surgery is only available at hospitals. The nearest alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the community health nurses.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Adult patients may wait years before seeking treatment because they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Alternatives may include pain management medicine or abdominal support. Some patients may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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