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Success! Bright from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Bright
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bright's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.

Photo of Bright post-operation

November 1, 2016

Bright successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Bright is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I feel better; I am not feeling the pain I had before,” says Bright. “I appreciate the services of Watsi so much. I promise to keep all the donors in my daily prayers.”

Bright is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He...

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September 5, 2016

Bright is a 32-year-old, single father of three from Uganda. He works as a laborer, making bricks and working in fields. Bright is most happy when he is with his kids, and when he is at peace with his neighbors.

Two years ago, Bright started feeling pain in the upper abdomen after meals, and later developed swelling in the same area. Due to the pain, he is unable to lift heavy items, walk long distances, or eat enough food. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia. He was advised to have surgery, but he could not afford to pay for it. If left untreated, Bright will continue to experience pain and other potential complications.

For $249, Bright is able to undergo hernia repair surgery. After surgery, he hopes to continue digging and making bricks to sell in order to take care of his children.

“My children are my priority. How I wish I could take good care of them,” Bright shares.

Bright is a 32-year-old, single father of three from Uganda. He works as a laborer, making bricks and working in fields. Bright is most happ...

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Bright's Timeline

  • September 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bright was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • September 07, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bright received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • September 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bright's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bright's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bright's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Bright'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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