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Success! Moreen from Uganda raised $170 for an epigastric hernia repair.

Moreen
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Moreen's treatment was fully funded on November 9, 2021.

Photo of Moreen post-operation

November 15, 2021

Moreen received an epigastric hernia repair.

Moreen had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery reduced her chances of the epigastric hernia worsening, and healed her pains and the other complications she was having. She hopes to comfortably resume school as soon as she recovers.

Maureen’s mother says, “My daughter is looking good and healthy finally. She has been relieved of her persistent abdominal pains and I believe she will live a better and improved life. She will resume school as soon as possible.”

Moreen had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery reduced her chances of the epigastric hernia worsening, and...

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August 5, 2021

Moreen is a 13-year-old student and the youngest in her family. She is in class seven and is a brilliant young student! Her mother is a farmworker and her father cooks in a nearby secondary school. All her siblings left school early and work in similar jobs. The family lives in a three-room semi-permanent house.

For two years, Moreen has had an epigastric hernia. The hernia causes her pain and swelling near her lower abdomen and with time, the pain has become severe. Due to the recent pains, she was brought to Rushoroza Hospital for the first time. She requires a hernia repair, otherwise she could suffer from hernia strangulation. Her parents are not able to raise the funds needed and are asking for help. Fortunately, on August 6th, Moreen will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

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

Moreen’s mother says, “I hope to see my daughter well and in her normal condition again. She is very much disturbed and has pain all the time, to the extent that she may not return to school in the current condition. Given treatment, she will resume school comfortably.”

Moreen is a 13-year-old student and the youngest in her family. She is in class seven and is a brilliant young student! Her mother is a farm...

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Moreen's Timeline

  • August 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Moreen received 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.

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Moreen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Moreen's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Moreen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Moreen'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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Evelyne

Evelyne is an 18-year-old student. She's is in senior high school, but currently at home due to the closure of schools as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. She's the last born of seven children. Her parents are small-scale farmers and own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. She has been able to get support for school fees from her sister who is a nun under Our Lady of Fatima Sisters because her parents currently cannot afford her school fees and neither can they afford her medication. About four years ago, Nayebare suffered from chickenpox and managed to get herbal treatment. She later developed a prominent scar on her right side of the neck that has slowly kept on increasing in size. Currently, it’s very painful and she can hardly sleep. She has continuously used herbs without improvement. She feels down at school with her friends and this partly affects her performance at school. If not treated, the keloids could become more extensive. They could also transform into cancerous lesions, causing more pain and discomfort. Her family is unable to afford the cost of treatment and is seeking financial support. Evelyne traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 3rd, surgeons will help heal her condition. Now, Evelyne's family needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Evelyne says, “I feel uncomfortable in this condition especially while at school. I hope to look normal again through surgery so that I can live a pain-free life and comfortably continue with education.”

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