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Success! Silva from Uganda raised $170 to fund hydrocele repair surgery.

Silva
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Silva's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Silva post-operation

January 14, 2022

Silva underwent hydrocele repair surgery.

Silva had a successful hydrocelectomy surgery and is relieved to finally able to work comfortably again. His wife is very happy and thanks all the donors and Rushoroza Hospital for restoring the health of her husband. He is looking forward to living a more productive life.

Silva says, “I feel better now and I believe I will live a peaceful and happy life considering my age. I was very worried because my family could not afford the surgery. I thank you for the kind financial support.”

Silva had a successful hydrocelectomy surgery and is relieved to finally able to work comfortably again. His wife is very happy and thanks a...

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December 15, 2021

Silva is a small-scale farmer. He lives with his wife who is also a small-scale farmer and they own a three-room mud house for shelter. Their children are all grown now and married.

Since August 2021, Silva has had a bilateral hydrocele. He developed severe pains and a small swelling that has progressively increased in size. Currently, he is finding it difficult to walk. Silva enjoys cleaning and clearing bushes around his home but is unable to do it in his current state. He came to Rushoroza Hospital and after a review, the surgeon recommended that he undergo surgery for which he is seeking support. If not treated, he will be at risk of infections or development of a tumor. Fortunately, on December 16th, he will undergo surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Silva’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Silva says, “I can no longer do my usual duties comfortably and my walking has greatly been affected. I hope to comfortably continue with my daily activities once I have treatment.”

Silva is a small-scale farmer. He lives with his wife who is also a small-scale farmer and they own a three-room mud house for shelter. Thei...

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Silva's Timeline

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Silva was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Silva received treatment at Rushoroza 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 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Silva's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Silva's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Silva's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Silva's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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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