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Success! Lucky from Uganda raised $249 to fund hernia surgery.

Lucky
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lucky's treatment was fully funded on June 29, 2018.

Photo of Lucky post-operation

June 26, 2018

Lucky underwent hernia surgery.

Surgery was successful. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery he will be able to resume his studies.

His mother says, “I am very happy because my son had a successful surgery. After his recovery I will resume farming and Lucky will continue with education without anything disturbing his health. I am grateful and thankful to Watsi and all those who contributed towards my son’s surgery.”

Surgery was successful. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery he will be able to resume his studies. His mothe...

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June 12, 2018

Lucky is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of four. Lucky and his siblings are all in school.

Since birth, Lucky has had an umbilical hernia. This is causing him pain, and this has resulted in him missing a few days of school. Fortunately, on June 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Lucky’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

His mother says, “After surgery my son will continue with school without anything disturbing him.’’

Lucky is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of four. Lucky and his siblings are all in school. Since birth, Lucky has had an umbilic...

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Lucky's Timeline

  • June 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 13, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lucky received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • June 17, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucky's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lucky's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 29, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucky's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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