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Success! Kantu from Uganda raised $220 for hernia repair surgery.

Kantu
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Kantu's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Kantu post-operation

May 5, 2016

Kantu received hernia repair surgery.

“Kantu underwent successful hernia repair and he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction or strangulation. He will no longer feel the pain he has been experiencing and after full recovery he will be able to work in his fields again,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

“I am going to be well,” Kantu said after his operation. “I feel good already despite the pain on the incision. I am excited about going back home and waiting for my recovery and feeling healthy again. It’s interesting that I can walk already. The doctors did a good job. I expect to get well quickly and resume working together with my wife to continue supporting our family. I also expect not to get another hernia.”

"Kantu underwent successful hernia repair and he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction or strangulation. He will no ...

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March 14, 2016

Meet Kantu, a 67-year-old man from Uganda. He is married with eight children and farms a small piece of land to provide food for his large family.

For the past three years, Kantu has been experiencing pain when lifting heavy items or otherwise straining himself.

“He visited a government hospital several times seeking help but he was told the waiting list for surgery was too long,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Kantu decided to go to a private department in the same hospital but he couldn’t afford to pay for his treatment.”

The source of Kantu’s pain is an inguinal hernia, which occurs when a weak part of the abdomen allows part of the intestine to protrude through the muscle. If not treated, the hernia can continue to advance, causing intestinal obstruction, incarceration, or tissue strangulation.

$220 will fund surgery to return the herniated tissue to its proper position and repair the defect in the wall of Kantu’s abdomen. The cost of treatment also includes two weeks in the hospital and the necessary antibiotics to prevent postoperative infection.

After receiving care, Kantu will be able to tend to his farm and return to his daily life without pain or discomfort.

Meet Kantu, a 67-year-old man from Uganda. He is married with eight children and farms a small piece of land to provide food for his large f...

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Kantu's Timeline

  • March 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kantu 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.

  • April 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kantu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kantu's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kantu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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