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Success! Alex from Uganda raised $229 to fund his hernia surgery.

Alex
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$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Alex's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2017.

Photo of Alex post-operation

March 9, 2017

Alex underwent successful hernia surgery.

Alex is pain-free and feeling so much better after having his inguinal hernia repaired. He could not work or even stand for very long. Now, he can do all the things he enjoys without pain.

“I am very grateful to be pain-free,” says Alex. “Please give my thanks to all the donors. The work they do is such a blessing.”

Alex is pain-free and feeling so much better after having his inguinal hernia repaired. He could not work or even stand for very long. Now, ...

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January 13, 2017

Alex is a 44-year-old man from Uganda. He and his wife, Rosemary, have seven children, all of whom live at home. Alex provides for his family through farming. He is also the volunteer chairperson for the local savings group in his village.

Alex has been living with an inguinal hernia for the past 14 years. Recently, the pain has grown severe. An inguinal hernia occurs when the intestine breaks through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. This hernia inhibits his ability to farm and walk.

On January 14, Alex’s doctors will perform a herniorrhaphy, during which they will repair the weakened muscle. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to fund Alex’s hernia repair surgery.

“I would like to wish the donors well,” says Alex, “and thank them for helping people they are not related to and don’t even know.”

Alex is a 44-year-old man from Uganda. He and his wife, Rosemary, have seven children, all of whom live at home. Alex provides for his famil...

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Alex's Timeline

  • January 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alex was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • January 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alex received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alex's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alex's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alex's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Alex's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$20
Supplies
$55
Labs
$22
  • 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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