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Generoza is a farmer from Uganda who needs $170 to fund surgery to alleviate pain from her hernia.

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November 17, 2021

Generoza is a 66-year-old mother of eight children; her children, along with Generoza and her husband, are farmers. They earn a small income from their farming and live in a three-room mud-built house. Her children are all mature now and with families of their own to support, and so are not able to help with extra costs like their mother’s medical care.

For the past 7 years, Generoza has had a left inguinal hernia. She initially had pelvic pain, which worsened with time. She tried treating the pain on her own, without success. Recently, she heard about the surgical program at Rushoroza Hospital on a radio program and she opted to visit. Generoza was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia that needs surgery. She appeals for funding to undergo surgery. Fortunately, on November 18th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $170 to fund Generoza’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Generoza says, “I hope to get well through surgery. I have struggled very much with my condition for a long period of life, but I finally hope to live a better and normal life again. I will continue with farming to hope to be able to take good care of my family.”

Generoza is a 66-year-old mother of eight children; her children, along with Generoza and her husband, are farmers. They earn a small income...

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Generoza's Timeline

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Generoza was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Generoza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 19, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Generoza was scheduled to receive treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Generoza is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Generoza's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Generoza's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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