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Success! Charles from Uganda raised $208 for hernia repair surgery.

Charles
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Charles's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2016.

Photo of Charles post-operation

October 25, 2016

Charles successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Charles 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 says he is in much less pain now and feeling more calm and peaceful.

Charles says he will be careful while he is healing from his hernia surgery not to re-injure himself, but is looking forward to when he is well and can replant his tea plantation. It has been stressful not to be able to work and worrying about school fees for his children. “Now I should be able to save for them,” he says.

Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“Thank you to all the donors,” shares Charles. “I couldn’t afford this surgery myself. It is a gift from God.”

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

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August 11, 2016

Charles is 60 years old and the father of 16. Charles lives in Uganda, about 40km away from Bwindi Community Hospital. Charles is a farmer and grows tea, and his wife is a subsistence farmer and grows cassava and millet for their family. He enjoys listening to the radio during his free time. He gets happy when he listens to his children speak English and hopes that they will get an education, which he never got.

Charles has had a hernia for over eight years. He has been going to local clinics for pain relief drugs, which have been helpful. In March this year, there was a hail storm which destroyed his tea, and due to the worry of what would happen, he over worked himself trying to grow tea to be able to raise tuition for his children for next year, making his hernia grow worse. He now has difficulty in walking and even sitting. The pain has kept him from working and he has not been able to participate fully in daily activities for the last three months.

For $208, Charles will undergo hernia repair surgery at Bwindi Community Hospital. He is subsidizing $4 of his treatment cost.

“I thank everyone who supports having this surgery availed to me. May God bless you abundantly,” shares Charles.

Charles is 60 years old and the father of 16. Charles lives in Uganda, about 40km away from Bwindi Community Hospital. Charles is a farmer a...

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Charles's Timeline

  • August 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Charles 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.

  • September 09, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Charles's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Charles's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Charles's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Charles's treatment
Hospital Fees
$116
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$20
Supplies
$52
Labs
$20
  • 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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