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

Kagaba
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kagaba's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Kagaba post-operation

January 3, 2018

Kagaba underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kagaba’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery he will feel comfortable and he will be able to work.

He says, “I feel better. After recovery I will be able to work in my gardens and get more food for my family. Indeed l am going to spread the news about Watsi and what they have done for me. I pray for all the people who have paid for my surgery. May God bless you always.’’

Kagaba’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of hernia strangulation. After recovery he will feel comfortable and he will b...

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December 12, 2017

Kagaba is a farmer from Uganda. He is 48 years old and a father of four children. All his children are in school. Kagaba and his wife are all small-scale farmers who cultivate food for home consumption and to sell.

For eight years, Kagaba has had a right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on December 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 Kagaba’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“After surgery I will go for a thanksgiving service in church to thank God and to pray for Watsi’s blessings,” Kagaba says.

Kagaba is a farmer from Uganda. He is 48 years old and a father of four children. All his children are in school. Kagaba and his wife are al...

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Kagaba's Timeline

  • December 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kagaba was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • December 12, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kagaba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kagaba 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.

  • January 03, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kagaba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kagaba'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 Kagaba'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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