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Success! Saturday from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Saturday
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
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$0
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Fully funded
Saturday's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2016.

Photo of Saturday post-operation

November 4, 2016

Saturday successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Saturday 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 has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I am feeling better. I am excited about enjoying my life as a healthy and energetic person after full recovery,” Saturday says, “I plan to continue working in my salon and with time start trading. Thank you for paying for my surgery. I wish everyone in Watsi God’s abundant blessings.”

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

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September 16, 2016

Saturday is 26-years-old father from Uganda. He has two children, a girl and a boy who are both three-years-old. He has a hair salon which gives him little income. He likes playing football.

Saturday developed a swelling in his epigastric region (upper abdomen) about 14 years ago. The swelling is painful and on and off. He feels more pain after meals. Due to pain he is unable to lift heavy items and to dig. Saturday visited a government hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia, but he couldn’t access a surgeon. Saturday has an epigastric hernia, which is a protrusion of tissue in the upper abdomen. He doesn’t have money to pay for his treatment at a private hospital. If not treated, the abdominal wall may continue weakening and this may lead to intestinal blockage and more pain.

$249 will give Saturday the surgery and care he needs. After surgery he plans to continue working in his salon.

Saturday says, “I am requesting for help. I have lived with hernia for a long time.”

Saturday is 26-years-old father from Uganda. He has two children, a girl and a boy who are both three-years-old. He has a hair salon which g...

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Saturday's Timeline

  • September 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saturday 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.

  • October 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saturday's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 02, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saturday's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 04, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saturday's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Saturday'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Thean

Thean is a 12-year-old sixth grade student from Cambodia. She is only child in her family and her mom and dad are rice farmers. She enjoys reading books and mathematics, social science, and English are all her favorite subjects in school. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher. She likes to eat sausages and fried fish, and drink kulen juice. Since she was two, Thean has experienced hearing loss making it hard for her to communicate with friends, family, and neighbors. When she was six her family took her to a local health center for treatment but they could not improve her condition. Her family brought her in to see what the problem was and how she could be treated. Thean had an early ear infection and this infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Thean experiences ear discharge, foul smell, and decreased hearing over time. Thean traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 20th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother said, "I have been worried about her ear problem for a long time and how it might negatively affect her future. I hope that after surgery her hearing will be improved and change her life. I want her to continue her studies so she may become a teacher in the future."

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37%funded
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