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Success! Kahuma from Uganda raised $249 to fund his hernia repair procedure.

Kahuma
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kahuma's treatment was fully funded on January 16, 2017.

Photo of Kahuma post-operation

February 2, 2017

Kahuma underwent successful hernia repair surgery.

He is no longer at risk of strangulation, blockage, or damage of the intestine. After recovery, Kahuma will be able to eat comfortably.

His mother says, “I am sure my baby is feeling better because I can see him smile and he is breastfeeding well. I am already experiencing some peace of mind because he is getting better and because of the assistance I have received for his treatment. Thank you very much for your kindness. God bless you.”

He is no longer at risk of strangulation, blockage, or damage of the intestine. After recovery, Kahuma will be able to eat comfortably. H...

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December 21, 2016

Kahuma is a 14-month-old baby living in Uganda with his parents. His mother braids hair in her sister’s salon, and his father is a driver who transports fresh food from Fort Portal to Kampala. Together, they earn a small income.

Seven months ago, Kahuma developed an intermittent swelling in his left groin region. As the swelling grew, Kahuma began to cry and lose his appetite. He was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia.

A hernia occurs when an internal organ pokes through a muscle wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of the intestines. On December 28, Kahuma’s doctors will perform surgery to repair the abdominal wall, remove the bulging tissue in his abdomen, and reposition his herniated tissue. The total cost of the procedure is $249, which covers the supplies, medications, and three days of inpatient care.

After Kahuma’s surgery, his pain and discomfort will be relieved.

Kahuma is a 14-month-old baby living in Uganda with his parents. His mother braids hair in her sister's salon, and his father is a driver wh...

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Kahuma's Timeline

  • December 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kahuma 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.

  • January 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kahuma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 16, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kahuma's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kahuma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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