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

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

Photo of Habarurema post-operation

April 12, 2017

Habarurema underwent hernia repair surgery.

Habarurema’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to work in his fields and do any other work.

Habarurema says, “I am feeling better, but I don’t want to cough because it makes me feel pain on the surgery site. I am very excited. I never knew I would have surgery. After recovery, I will continue farming. Thank you very for the help you’ve given me. I didn’t have money. God bless you.”

Habarurema’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to work in...

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March 6, 2017

Habarurema is 61 years old. He is married and a father of three children. He is a subsistence farmer from Uganda.

Twenty years ago, Habarurema developed bilateral swellings in his groin. As the swellings increased in size and grew painful, he started using herbs and painkillers to reduce the pain. Habarurema reports experiencing pain when lifting heavy objects.

At the suggestion of a neighbor, Habarurema visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with bilateral inguinal hernias. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Habarurema may experience intestinal blockage or damage.

Fortunately, on March 8, Habarurema will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, he hopes to continue farming in order to earn money and support the education of his children.

“I would like to have surgery so that I can work and look after my family,” says Habarurema.

Habarurema is 61 years old. He is married and a father of three children. He is a subsistence farmer from Uganda. Twenty years ago, Haba...

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Habarurema's Timeline

  • March 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Habarurema was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 8, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Habarurema received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • March 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Habarurema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Habarurema's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Habarurema's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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