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Success! Ainembabazi from Uganda raised $178 to fund testicular surgery.

Ainembabazi
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  • $178 raised, $0 to go
$178
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ainembabazi's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2020.

Photo of Ainembabazi post-operation

July 8, 2020

Ainembabazi underwent testicular surgery.

After the surgery, Ainembabazi looked normal and experienced only minimal pain at the incision site. On examination, the incision site was dry, clean, and well apposed and so he was discharged by his doctor. He is no longer at risk of intestinal tissue damage.

Ainembabazi’s mother shared, “We received quality services and care at Rushoroza Hospital. Our son will resume school comfortably once the government school ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted. We pray that he may become a doctor in future, he has the qualities. Thanks to Watsi for their kind financial support. May God reward them abundantly.”

After the surgery, Ainembabazi looked normal and experienced only minimal pain at the incision site. On examination, the incision site was d...

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May 17, 2020

Ainembabazi is just 5 years old and currently in preschool. His father noted that he could not feel his son’s right testis and initially, they ignored it because the boy was young but as time went on, Ainembabazi started complaining of pain. In September, Ainembabazi complained of being swollen after coming home from school. His parents thought it would heal on its own however in March, the swelling became prominent and they decided to go to the regional hospital in their area of Uganda. They got several appointments from the doctors but they were constantly postponed over and over again due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. After postponing three times, their family decided to come to Rushoroza Hospital. Doctors there said if he is not treated through a herniorrhaphy, he risks intestinal obstruction, strangulation, and gangrenous.

Ainembabazi’s mother is a small-scale farmer who grows beans and sorghum for home consumption. She is happily married to his father who is a primary teacher and who does all he can to provide for the family despite his low salary. They own a three-room semi-permanent house on their ancestral land. Ainembabazi is the fourth born in their family of five children.

Ainembabazi’s mother says, “My son is active in class despite the prevailing challenges. We have a lot of hope in him. After the surgery, he may be able to comfortably carry on his studies to the highest level we possibly can take him, no doubt about that. May God make everything possible.”

Ainembabazi is just 5 years old and currently in preschool. His father noted that he could not feel his son's right testis and initially, th...

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Ainembabazi's Timeline

  • May 17, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ainembabazi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ainembabazi received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ainembabazi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ainembabazi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $178 for Ainembabazi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$103
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
  • 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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