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Success! Alemwaki from Uganda raised $249 to fund a hernia repair.

Alemwaki
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
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$0
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Fully funded
Alemwaki's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Alemwaki post-operation

January 27, 2017

Alemwaki underwent successful hernia repair.

She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to study again.

Alemwaki’s father says, “I am very happy because through Watsi, my child has regained her strength…I hope she will become more strong and she will resume school next year with good health. God bless the people who have paid for my child’s surgery.”

She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to study again. Alemwaki's father says, “I am v...

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November 18, 2016

11-year-old Alemwaki is the oldest of her six siblings. She is the best student in her class in grade five. Alemwaki likes science and hopes to become a doctor. Both of her parents are peasants who have difficulty paying for their children’s education.

Alemwaki was born with a painful umbilical swelling. Over time, both the swelling and pain increased. One year ago, Alemwaki’s parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia and was advised to have surgery. At the time, she did not undergo surgery because her parents could not afford the procedure.

Without treatment, Alemwaki risked intestinal damage and blockage. “l have a stomachache, and sometimes I get nausea,” she said about her condition. Fortunately, on November 23, doctors repaired Alemwaki’s hernia. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure.

After recovery, Alemwaki hopes to return to school.

11-year-old Alemwaki is the oldest of her six siblings. She is the best student in her class in grade five. Alemwaki likes science and hopes...

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Alemwaki's Timeline

  • November 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alemwaki 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.

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alemwaki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alemwaki's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 27, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alemwaki's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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

Mary is an eight-year-old girl. She is a talkative and playful young girl. She is the last born in a family of seven children and the family is not well off financially. Both of her parents do casual jobs like ploughing people's farms for a living and such jobs are not easy to find where they live. Sometimes the church members chip in to help them where they can. When Mary was one year old, she was involved in an accident where she sustained burns to her head, some parts of her face and neck. She was rushed to the hospital and was admitted for better care. While in the hospital, a surgery was done on her head where she had sustained more burns. She was then discharged and booked for wound dressing clinics. The wounds were healing well as per the doctors’ plan. Her parents managed to take her for the clinics for a few months but later stopped because of finances. While at home, the wound got infected but due to lack of funds, she was not taken to hospital at that time. Time went by and the infection spread to most parts of the head. When she was three years old, the family met up with a local pastor who started helping them. He started financing Mary’s hospital visits with the help of some church members where he ministered. The wound was dressed again but the recovery process was very slow. In mid this year, the pastor brought them to Kijabe Hospital, she was examined, and the wound was dressed properly. Since then, the wound has been healing as expected. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. On December 9th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help the remaining wound to heal properly. Now, Mary's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Mary’s father says, "Since the accident, we have been struggling a lot to make her get the required treatment but have failed to some extent. Coming to Kijabe, our hopes have been boosted greatly with the improvement she has experienced, and we hope that she will go through with the surgery and be well again.”

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$714raised
$470to go

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