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Success! Anthony from Uganda raised $170 to fund surgery to relieve pain from a hernia.

Anthony
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Anthony's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2021.

Photo of Anthony post-operation

December 23, 2021

Anthony underwent surgery to relieve his pain from a hernia.

Anthony had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his inguinal hernia worsening. His father hopes that the recurrent swelling will not appear again and that his son will live a better and improved life.

Anthony’s father says, “I thank everybody involved, especially the donor program. I finally have a positive feeling that my son will no longer be in pain and will start school comfortably when the time comes.”

Anthony had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery with our medical partner at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his ingui...

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November 17, 2021

Anthony is a three-year old boy from Southwestern Uganda. He’s the firstborn in his family and has one younger sibling. His parents are farmers, and they live in a three-room mud-built house.

At seven months old, Anthony developed a left inguinal hernia. The hernia manifests as swelling, which starts whenever he cries. According to his parents, the inguinal hernia swelling seems to pain Anthony quite a bit and they are afraid of him having to live like this as he grows. Anthony was recently taken to Rushoroza Hospital and surgery is recommended. His parents’ income is limited, and so they are unable to cover the medical costs on their own and are appealing for help. Fortunately, on November 18th, Anthony will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

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

Anthony’s father says, “I pray that my son may get well through surgery. He is an active boy under normal conditions but the hernia has affected him negatively. I hope to take him to school very soon.”

Anthony is a three-year old boy from Southwestern Uganda. He's the firstborn in his family and has one younger sibling. His parents are farm...

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Anthony's Timeline

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Anthony was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anthony's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anthony 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.

  • December 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anthony's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anthony's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Anthony'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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