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Daniel is a 47-year-old farmer from Uganda who needs $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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July 27, 2017

Meet Daniel, a 47-year-old man from rural Uganda. Daniel is a farmer, growing grains to feed his family and coffee to earn money for his children’s school fees. Much of Daniel’s free time is spent teaching his children farming skills after they return home from classes for the day.

For fifteen years, Daniel has lived in pain due to a hernia in his left groin region. His discomfort has grown to the point where he can no longer dig in his fields to harvest coffee. This directly interferes with his ability to earn money for his family. Furthermore, the hernia could develop potentially fatal complications if left untreated.

Although in the past Daniel has not been able to afford the hernia repair operation he needs, your donation will allow him to finally undergo this life-saving procedure on August 8. By raising $229, we will sponsor his surgery, as well as his lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay.

After his operation, Daniel is looking forward to resuming digging so that he can continue supporting his family. Let’s ensure that his children can sleep soundly once more with the knowledge that their father is healthy.

Meet Daniel, a 47-year-old man from rural Uganda. Daniel is a farmer, growing grains to feed his family and coffee to earn money for his chi...

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Daniel's Timeline

  • July 27, 2017

    Daniel was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • August 01, 2017

    Daniel received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • August 17, 2017

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017

    Awaiting Daniel's treatment update from The Kellermann Foundation.


    Daniel is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Daniel's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A bulge and pain in the affected area are the most common symptoms. The symptoms may get worse with straining. The pain may be severe enough to affect the patient’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Because they can’t afford the cost of surgery, many patients wait years before having their hernias repaired. They live with chronic pain. In addition, the economic impact on families can be profound. Patients with hernias are often unable to work full-time, reducing their ability to grow or purchase food and to pay school fees for their children. If surgery for children is delayed, the hernia may become incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the intestine.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no historical, regional, or cultural significance to this condition. Surgery is often delayed because of poverty.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is typically admitted to the hospital one day prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. At Bwindi Community Hospital, surgery for hernias is conducted under general anesthesia. The Bassini hernia surgical technique is used for inguinal hernias. An incision is made in the area of the hernia, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together and sutured. The skin incision is then sutured, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. The patient will typically remain in the hospital for two days post-surgery. The patient will be discharged on the third day and return for followup after two weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After rest and healing, the patient will be able to resume normal activities. Long-term complications in children may be avoided.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks with anesthesia, especially in children. The surgical repair procedure is simple and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia surgery is only available at hospitals. The nearest alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the community health nurses.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Adult patients may wait years before seeking treatment because they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Alternatives may include pain management medicine or abdominal support. Some patients may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.