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Success! Niwagaba from Uganda raised $179 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Niwagaba
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  • $179 raised, $0 to go
$179
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Niwagaba's treatment was fully funded on July 31, 2017.

Photo of Niwagaba post-operation

March 9, 2017

Niwagaba underwent successful hernia repair surgery.

Niwagaba had a tremendous swelling in his groin and was very uncomfortable. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is much more comfortable, although he is still recovering from surgery. His grandmother is happy to take him home healthy and ready to play again.

“We are so grateful for the help and will do our best to raise Niwagaba,” says Molly, his grandmother. “We will save our money, and hopefully next year he can start nursery school.”

Niwagaba had a tremendous swelling in his groin and was very uncomfortable. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is much more comfortab...

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February 27, 2017

Niwagaba is a two-year-old boy from Uganda. He lives with his mother and grandparents. His mother travels for extended periods of time between the cities of Mukongoro and Kampala for work, and his grandparents are farmers. Niwagaba likes playing ball with the other children in the village, and he enjoys talking to others.

Niwagaba was born with bilateral inguinal hernias. Recently, the hernias have grown in size and now cause him pain. Niwagaba’s grandmother walked five kilometers to our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, to seek treatment. On March 1, Niwagaba will undergo bilateral pediatric hernia repair. His family has contributed $2 toward the cost of his care. Now, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $179 to fund this procedure.

“It is with great gratitude that we say thank you for helping our grandson,” says Molly, Niwagaba’s grandmother.

Niwagaba is a two-year-old boy from Uganda. He lives with his mother and grandparents. His mother travels for extended periods of time betwe...

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Niwagaba's Timeline

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Niwagaba was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • February 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Niwagaba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Niwagaba 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.

  • March 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Niwagaba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Niwagaba's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Pediatric Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $179 for Niwagaba's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$20
Supplies
$55
Labs
$22
  • 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 of a hernia. 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 alternate hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from two to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from 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 use herbal medicines to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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