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Success! Tumwesigye from Uganda raised $249 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Tumwesigye
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tumwesigye's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2017.

Photo of Tumwesigye post-operation

July 14, 2017

Tumwesigye underwent hernia repair surgery.

Tumwesigye’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of getting hernia strangulation and obstruction. After recovery he will be able to do any work around his house.

He says, “I am now much better. My surgery went well. I am now excited about my recovery. After recovery I will be able to work in our garden with my wife and do any work around my home. Thank you so much Watsi for the great work done in my life. I cannot thank you enough. God bless you.’

Tumwesigye’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of getting hernia strangulation and obstruction. After recovery he will be...

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June 27, 2017

Tumwesigye is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has six children. He and his wife are both farmers, cultivating food both for home consumption and for sale.

In 2016, Tumwesigye began to notice a swelling on his lower abdomen, however it initially did not cause him much discomfort. In May of this year, Tumwesigye began to experience great pain the area of his swelling and was eventually diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. Local herbs and pain medication were of no avail; surgery was recommended in order to relieve Tumwesigye of his symptoms.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to cover the cost of Tumwesigye’s hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Tumwesigye to live more comfortably.

Following surgery, Tumwesigye hopes to continue working in his field and to be able to produce more yields. “After surgery my health will be free from disturbances,” he says.

Tumwesigye is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has six children. He and his wife are both farmers, cultivating food both ...

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Tumwesigye's Timeline

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumwesigye received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumwesigye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumwesigye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumwesigye's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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