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Success! Bruce from Uganda raised $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Bruce
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Bruce's treatment was fully funded on September 14, 2017.

Photo of Bruce post-operation

July 24, 2017

Bruce underwent hernia repair surgery.

Bruce underwent successful surgery for his hernia and is now home recuperating. Soon he will be able to go back to work at the bus company as a baggage handler. He is looking forward to playing football again and participating in other activities he has had to avoid because of the pain.

“I feel so much better after this surgery,” says Bruce. “I am looking forward to getting back to work so I can save for school fees. Thank you to all the donors for their help in supporting me.”

Bruce underwent successful surgery for his hernia and is now home recuperating. Soon he will be able to go back to work at the bus company a...

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May 23, 2017

Bruce is a 21-year-old man who lives in Uganda. He works as a porter for a bus company in the town where he lives. In his free time, Bruce enjoys playing football and watching other matches in his town. He also enjoys listening to music on the radio and participating in youth activities at his church.

For the past month, Bruce has had an extremely painful scrotal hernia, which has kept him from working. His symptoms include swelling, difficulty passing urine, and testicular torsion, and he is unable to do the lifting and climbing required by his job.

A scrotal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. In males, the weak spot is typically in the inguinal canal, where the spermatic cord enters the scrotum. The protruding intestines descend into the scrotum, presenting as a bulge that may be painful with bending, coughing, or lifting heavy objects.

Bruce has been scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his hernia on June 3. During the operation, a surgeon will push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area.

Watsi’s medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation, requests $229 to pay for the operation, five nights in the hospital, lab tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Bruce is contributing $7 to pay additional costs associated with his care.

“Please tell all the donors ‘thank you’ from me,” says Bruce, who hopes to return to school to study English and science. “I appreciate so much that they are helping the needy.”

Bruce is a 21-year-old man who lives in Uganda. He works as a porter for a bus company in the town where he lives. In his free time, Bruce e...

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Bruce's Timeline

  • May 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bruce was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bruce received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • June 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bruce's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bruce's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 14, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bruce's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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