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Success! Faraziya from Uganda raised $229 for hernia repair surgery.

Faraziya
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Faraziya's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2016.

Photo of Faraziya post-operation

November 15, 2016

Faraziya successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Faraziya’s doing great! Her surgery was a great success. She is currently at home resting with her family, and already feeling so much better. She has shared that she feels much less pain and feels much more calm and peaceful. Now that her hernia has been repaired, she is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I thank the donors to my hospital care. I hope to raise my two grandchildren and grow enough food for them,” shares Faraziya. “God bless the donors.”

Faraziya’s doing great! Her surgery was a great success. She is currently at home resting with her family, and already feeling so much bette...

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September 29, 2016

Faraziya is a 71-year-old mother of four from Uganda She has suffered from a left inguinal (groin) hernia for about five years. In the last two years it has become very painful and has prevented her from working. The pain has been especially severe for the past four months.

When she is feeling well, Faraziya and her husband work as small farmers. Together they have raised five children, four of which have their own families, while one is still at home. Faraziya finds it peaceful when she is in church. She also likes playing with her three-year-old grandchild.

$229 will cover the cost of the surgery and care Faraziya needs. After surgery, she hopes to be able to go back to work and have enough food for her family.

Faraziya says, “May God bless the donors abundantly, I have had support from BCH for all my health needs, thanks to the donors and how I wish one time I would get to meet them and thank them in person.”

Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) is a Watsi care center.

Faraziya is a 71-year-old mother of four from Uganda She has suffered from a left inguinal (groin) hernia for about five years. In the last ...

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Faraziya's Timeline

  • September 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faraziya 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.

  • October 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faraziya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faraziya's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faraziya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Faraziya'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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