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Success! Godwin from Uganda raised $227 to treat a painful hernia.

Godwin
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Godwin's treatment was fully funded on June 20, 2016.

Photo of Godwin post-operation

July 18, 2016

Godwin received a pain-relieving hernia repair.

Godwin’s operation to treat his inguinal hernia was very successful. During the surgery, the bulging tissues in his abdomen were removed to relieve the pressure that caused him pain while walking. The procedure went very well, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Now that he’s free of pain, rambunctious Godwin is back home playing with the other children in his village and attending nursery school. “I am so glad to see Godwin playing like he used to,” said his mother. “Thank you very much for the help, now we don’t have to worry about the costs of surgery for him. We are so happy!”

Godwin’s operation to treat his inguinal hernia was very successful. During the surgery, the bulging tissues in his abdomen were removed to ...

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May 31, 2016

Meet Godwin, a three year-old active boy who laughs easily and loves to play. Godwin lives with his family in a small town. His mother, Anita, works as a small farmer cultivating her own land and his father, Godfrey, is an attendant on the local bus.

Godwin is in nursery school where his teachers say he is inquisitive and friendly. At home, he likes to help his mother by carrying the dishes from the table to be washed after meals. For his mother, seeing her family well and Godwin happy is most important. The family enjoys going to church on Sundays to give thanks and visit with friends.

Godwin has an inguinal hernia, or a bulging of soft tissue through weak muscles in the groin area. This painful condition results in difficulty walking.

When he is doing his favorite things, like running and making structures out of stones, his inguinal hernia causes him pain. With $227, Godwin can receive surgical treatment to remove his hernia and allow him to walk comfortably.

His mother shares, “I am so excited for the help for my son. My husband doesn’t make much money as a bus porter, so we could not afford the surgery. Webare munonga! (thank you very much).”

Meet Godwin, a three year-old active boy who laughs easily and loves to play. Godwin lives with his family in a small town. His mother, Anit...

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Godwin's Timeline

  • May 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Godwin was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • June 3, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Godwin received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • June 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Godwin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 20, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Godwin's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Godwin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A bulge and pain in the affected area are the most common symptoms. The symptoms may get worse with straining. The pain may be severe enough to affect the patient’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Because they can’t afford the cost of surgery, many patients wait years before having their hernias repaired. They live with chronic pain. In addition, the economic impact on families can be profound. Patients with hernias are often unable to work full-time, reducing their ability to grow or purchase food and to pay school fees for their children. If surgery for children is delayed, the hernia may become incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the intestine.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no historical, regional, or cultural significance to this condition. Surgery is often delayed because of poverty.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is typically admitted to the hospital one day prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. At Bwindi Community Hospital, surgery for hernias is conducted under general anesthesia. The Bassini hernia surgical technique is used for inguinal hernias. An incision is made in the area of the hernia, and the defect in the abdominal wall is identified. The edges of the defect are brought together and sutured. The skin incision is then sutured, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable. The patient will typically remain in the hospital for two days post-surgery. The patient will be discharged on the third day and return for followup after two weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After rest and healing, the patient will be able to resume normal activities. Long-term complications in children may be avoided.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks with anesthesia, especially in children. The surgical repair procedure is simple and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia surgery is only available at hospitals. The nearest alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the community health nurses.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Adult patients may wait years before seeking treatment because they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Alternatives may include pain management medicine or abdominal support. Some patients may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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