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Success! Zaamukunda from Uganda raised $249 to fund a hernia repair.

Zaamukunda
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zaamukunda's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Zaamukunda post-operation

October 4, 2017

Zaamukunda underwent a hernia repair.

Zaamukunda’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of getting hernia obstruction and strangulation. After surgery, she will be able to do her domestic work and any simple work at her home.

She says, “I am now much better. I have high hopes that I am going to heal very well. After recovery, I will be able to resume farming and do any work around my home. I had no hopes of having surgery because I had no money to pay for myself. I had spent so many years with this condition. Thank you so much Watsi for paying for my surgery.”

Zaamukunda’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of getting hernia obstruction and strangulation. After surgery, she will ...

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September 18, 2017

Zaamukunda is a 45-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a mother of two children: a boy and a girl.

For two years, Zaamukunda has had a swelling in her epigastric region, which has progressively increased in size. In June 2017, Zaamukunda started experiencing pain after eating and feeling the urge to vomit. She was diagnosed with an epigastric hernia, but she has no funds for surgery. If not treated, Zaamukunda may develop hernia twisting and blocking.

Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Zaamukunda is scheduled to receive her surgery on September 20.

Now, she needs help raising $249 to pay for surgery. After surgery, she hopes to have peace of mind and resume her farming.

Zaamukunda is a 45-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a mother of two children: a boy and a girl. For two years, Zaamukunda has had a sw...

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Zaamukunda's Timeline

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zaamukunda was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zaamukunda received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • September 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zaamukunda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 4, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zaamukunda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zaamukunda's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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