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Success! Tusingwire from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia surgery so he can get back to playing and running.

Tusingwire
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tusingwire's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2022.

Photo of Tusingwire post-operation

July 14, 2022

Tusingwire underwent hernia surgery so he can get back to playing and running.

Tusingwire had a successful hernia repair surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. His parents will no longer be worried about their son’s condition because the surgery has reduced the chances of the hernia worsening or returning. Tusingwire will be able to live a better and pain free life as he grows up. His parents are very happy and thank the donor program for the financial support.

Tusingwire’s mother says, “My son looks good and pain free after his surgery. I thank Rushoroza Hospital and the donor program for making his surgery a success. Now he will start school comfortably as soon as possible.”

Tusingwire had a successful hernia repair surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. His parents will no longer be worried about their son’s condition b...

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May 31, 2022

Tusingwire is an active two-year-old and the second born in his family. He likes riding small bicycles and running around with his friends. His mother is a housewife while his father is a secondary school teacher who recently enrolled for further studies to help advance his career in the future. They live in a three room house that they are working to fully build.

Since about three months ago, Tusingwire has had an inguinal hernia. He experiences pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on June 3rd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Tusingwire’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to grow up more comfortably and confidently.

Tusingwire’s mother says, “My son is not well and is in pain; my husband and I cannot afford the surgery currently. I pray that he may be considered for treatment so that he may once again live a normal and pain-free life.”

Tusingwire is an active two-year-old and the second born in his family. He likes riding small bicycles and running around with his friends. ...

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Tusingwire's Timeline

  • May 31, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tusingwire was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tusingwire received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • June 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tusingwire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tusingwire's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tusingwire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Tusingwire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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