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

Musisi
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Musisi's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2017.

Photo of Musisi post-operation

February 2, 2017

Musisi underwent successful hernia repair surgery.

He is no longer at risk of damage to his intestine. After recovery, he will be able to work in his fields.

Musisi says, “I am feeling better. My heart is overjoyed because I have had a peaceful surgery. I believe I will get new strength, as well as good health. After recovery, I will be able to continue farming so that I can get food for my family…I am so thankful towards the people who have paid for my surgery.”

He is no longer at risk of damage to his intestine. After recovery, he will be able to work in his fields. Musisi says, “I am feeling be...

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December 6, 2016

Musisi is a 63-year-old farmer from Uganda. Married and the father of 16 children, he says he is happiest when he is with his family. He earns a living cultivating sugarcane and maize, and he spends most of his income on his children’s education.

Four years ago, Musisi developed a swelling on the right side of his abdomen. Three years later, he developed another swelling on the left side. Eating became painful, and he was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work as a farmer much more difficult.

In November, Musisi visited a public hospital and was diagnosed with two hernias. In other words, part of his intestines were protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. He was admitted as a patient but was unable to pay for surgery. Following the advice of someone at the public hospital, Mususi came to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital.

“I have pain,” Musisi says, “but I am unable to pay for my treatment.”

Musisi is scheduled to receive repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner is requesting $249 to cover the cost of surgical supplies, medicine, and three nights of hospital stay. After treatment, Musisi hopes to resume farming.

Musisi is a 63-year-old farmer from Uganda. Married and the father of 16 children, he says he is happiest when he is with his family. He ear...

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Musisi's Timeline

  • December 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 14, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musisi received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • January 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musisi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musisi's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musisi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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