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Success! Justus from Uganda raised $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Justus's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Justus post-operation

August 25, 2017

Justus underwent hernia repair surgery.

After treatment, Justus feels better. Justus hopes to resume farming and he plans to plant some coffee. Justus also hopes to go visit his friends and relatives.

“I pray God to bless donors in all they do to support the needy,” he says.

After treatment, Justus feels better. Justus hopes to resume farming and he plans to plant some coffee. Justus also hopes to go visit his fr...

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August 4, 2017

Meet Justus, a 66-year-old man from a rural village in Uganda. Justus is a farmer, growing bananas, beans, maize, and coffee to support his family. In his free time, Justus enjoys walking around his coffee plantation pruning and harvesting coffee beans, visiting his friends and relatives, and listening to the radio.

For the last 12 years, Justus has experienced backaches, abdominal pain, and discomfort. These symptoms have worsened in the last few weeks, and he has been diagnosed with a hernia that requires surgery.

On August 5, surgeons will operate to correct Justus’s condition. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, requests $229 to cover his treatment. Justus is able to contribute $7 to the cost of his care.

“I thank donors for supporting my treatment,” says Justus. After treatment, he looks forward to growing more coffee trees.

Meet Justus, a 66-year-old man from a rural village in Uganda. Justus is a farmer, growing bananas, beans, maize, and coffee to support his ...

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Justus's Timeline

  • August 4, 2017

    Justus was submitted by David Wamuwaya at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • August 05, 2017

    Justus received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • August 24, 2017

    Justus's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2017

    Justus's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018

    Justus's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Justus'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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Gerson is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents, grandparents, and twin brother in Guatemala's rural coastal area. He is an active, playful boy, and he loves to spend time painting and drawing. Gerson needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. A few months ago, Gerson got sick with fever, body aches, and pain in his right leg, which continues to be a great bother to him. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities. Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $400 in funding, Gerson will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for November 9. With this treatment, Gerson will be able to live without the pain and discomfort. He will continue going to school and playing with his twin brother. Gerson’s mother says, “My twins are the best gift I have ever received from God. I want nothing more than for my boy to be healthy. My sons are my reason to keep going. Please help me to get this surgery for my son, and I hope that God will repay you fully.”

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