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Success! Asiimwe from Uganda raised $220 for hernia repair surgery.

Asiimwe
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Fully funded
Asiimwe's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2016.

Photo of Asiimwe post-operation

April 10, 2016

Asiimwe received successful hernia repair surgery.

Doctors successfully repaired Asiimwe’s hernia, and he is no longer at risk of life-threatening complications. The medical staff at African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports that Asiimwe will no longer experience pain after his full recovery, and will be able to return to work.

With the surgery complete, Asiimwe can work to provide for his family again and spend more quality time with them. He is excited about returning to the activities that he enjoys. “I feel happy. I am excited about getting full involvement in church activities again after recovery,” he shares. “I expect to continue working hard but this time very conscious not to strain myself in order to avoid getting another hernia.”

Doctors successfully repaired Asiimwe's hernia, and he is no longer at risk of life-threatening complications. The medical staff at African ...

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February 8, 2016

Three years ago, Asiimwe, a 44-year-old husband and father from Uganda, began to feel pain in his left groin. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains that Asiimwe went to a hospital in July of 2015 and was diagnosed with an inguinal scrotal hernia. A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue bulges out through a weak spot in the muscle or tissue surrounding it. Although surgery was advised, Asiimwe was unable to afford it, having used his money to pay for his children’s schooling.

“The pain from his hernia is on and off,” says AMHF. “Sometimes it becomes so severe that Asiimwe can’t bend over. He can’t do work or lift heavy items.”

Asiimwe is a married father of nine children. His work includes motorcycle transport and small-scale farming–planting and selling tomatoes and maize. However, with his condition it is difficult for him to work in the fields. His wife does not have a paying job, but digs to produce food for the family. Surgery is not financially feasible for Asiimwe, but without it the hernia may become strangulated, a life-threatening state in which the hernia cuts off blood flow to the intestine.

$220 will fund the necessary surgery to treat Asiimwe’s inguinal hernia, during which the hernia sac is either pushed back out of the way or cut off. This operation will also eliminate the risk of strangulation and the money will cover not only the surgery itself, but also the hospital stay Asiimwe will need to recover.

Once he has healed, Asiimwe hopes to expand his fields so that he can produce enough food and earn enough income to support his family.

“Thank you for your kindness to the poor,” shares Asiimwe.

Three years ago, Asiimwe, a 44-year-old husband and father from Uganda, began to feel pain in his left groin. Our medical partner, African M...

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Asiimwe's Timeline

  • February 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 10, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Asiimwe 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 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Asiimwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Asiimwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 10, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Asiimwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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