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Success! Kusemererwa from Uganda raised $249 to fund his hernia repair procedure.

Kusemererwa
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kusemererwa's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2017.

Photo of Kusemererwa post-operation

February 21, 2017

Kusemererwa underwent a hernia repair procedure.

He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to bend and work.

Kusemererwa says, “I feel much improvement. The tightness has decreased. I am very positive I am going to get well soon. I am excited about feeling comfortable again. After recovery, I will continue farming. I am extremely happy about the treatment I have received. I have no proper words to use to express my gratitude. I can only say thank you.”

He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to bend and work. Kusemererwa says, “I feel much ...

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December 21, 2016

Kusemererwa is a 38-year-old father living in Uganda with his wife and children. Three of his children are in primary school. Both Kusemererwa and his wife are farmers who grow beans, potatoes, and groundnuts for their family. Whenever possible, they grow cabbage and eggplants to sell.

Five years ago, Kusemererwa developed a swelling in his left groin region. The swelling causes him back pain and tightness, which makes it difficult for him to bend over or work.

“I have a big swelling that is on and off, and sometimes I feel backache,” he says. He has been unable to afford treatment in the past, but recently he learned about Watsi and visited our medical partner’s hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital.

At the hospital, Kusemererwa was diagnosed with a left scrotal hernia. A hernia occurs when an internal organ pokes through the muscle wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of the intestines.

Kusemererwa’s doctors recommended surgical intervention to remove the bulging tissue in his abdomen and reposition his herniated tissue. This procedure is scheduled for December 28, 2016. The total cost of the procedure is $249, which covers supplies, medications, and three days of inpatient care.

After surgery, Kusemererwa hopes to continue farming to pay for the education of his children. He will be able to work without pain or discomfort.

Kusemererwa is a 38-year-old father living in Uganda with his wife and children. Three of his children are in primary school. Both Kusemerer...

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Kusemererwa's Timeline

  • December 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kusemererwa 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.

  • January 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kusemererwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kusemererwa's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kusemererwa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Kusemererwa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$181
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$58
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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