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

Nicholas
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nicholas's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Nicholas post-operation

July 24, 2017

Nicholas underwent hernia repair surgery.

Nicholas is so much happier now that his painful hernia has been repaired! He is laughing and enjoying himself again. His mother has taken him home to finish recuperating and is expecting to take him back to school when the term starts again.

“It has been so difficult to see Nicholas suffering,” says his mother, Alice. “But we didn’t have money for surgery. Now he is better. Please give all my thanks to the donors.”

Nicholas is so much happier now that his painful hernia has been repaired! He is laughing and enjoying himself again. His mother has taken h...

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May 2, 2017

Nicholas is a six-year-old boy from the Mpungu hills in the Ugandan countryside. He’s in first grade and likes going to school. He also enjoys playing with his friends and creating toys from old jerry cans and scrap wood.

His parents are subsistence famers, growing potatoes, beans, and cassava to feed their family. They work on a tea plantation for a small income. Unfortunately, the region has seen little rainfall the last two seasons, so crop yields have not been enough to support the family.

Nicholas has been living with a scrotal hernia for the last three years. At first, his mother Alice gave him herbs to heal the hernia, but they didn’t help. The hernia has expanded and become increasingly uncomfortable. The pain has become so intense that Nicholas can no longer walk to school or play with other children.

Nicholas’s parents can’t afford to pay for his surgery. Alice says, “I have spent all the savings we had in transport and seeking care from other clinics.”

On May 3, Nicholas will receive a hernia repair surgery at the Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to fund his treatment.

“I thank the donors for the support towards my son getting better and recovering from this pain,” says Alice.

Nicholas is a six-year-old boy from the Mpungu hills in the Ugandan countryside. He's in first grade and likes going to school. He also enjo...

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Nicholas's Timeline

  • May 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nicholas 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.

  • May 12, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nicholas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nicholas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nicholas's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Nicholas's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
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. 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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