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

Binyagwa
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Binyagwa's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2017.

Photo of Binyagwa post-operation

March 10, 2017

Binyagwa underwent successful hernia repair.

He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to do any work.

He says, “I feel better, although I have pain on the incision. I am excited that I am going to have new strength. After recovery, I will continue working in my fields…Thank you very much for paying for my surgery. God bless you.”

He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, he will be able to do any work. He says, “I feel better, although...

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February 20, 2017

Binyagwa is a 33-year-old father of two children in primary school. His parents help him pay for the education of his children because he and his wife cannot afford it. They live on a small piece of land and cultivate food.

Nine months ago, Binyagwa developed a swelling in his right inguinal region. He can neither dig nor walk fast without feeling pain. He went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery.

Unable to afford surgery, Binyagwa was referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). His treatment is now scheduled for February 22. AMHF is requesting $249 to help fund this procedure.

After surgery, Binyagwa will make a full recovery and be free from his condition. He plans to start trading in cocoa and fish so that he can earn an income for his family.

Binyagwa is a 33-year-old father of two children in primary school. His parents help him pay for the education of his children because he an...

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Binyagwa's Timeline

  • February 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Binyagwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Binyagwa 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.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Binyagwa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Binyagwa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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