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Success! Mackline from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Mackline
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Mackline's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.

Photo of Mackline post-operation

December 29, 2021

Mackline underwent hernia repair surgery.

Mackline had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery and is doing really well now. She is no longer in pain and she is back to her farming activities. Her family is happy and thankful to all the donors and the hospital team for her support and care.

Mackline says, “I believe I will live a better, improved, and more productive life with my successful surgery. I thank you for funding my surgery.”

Mackline had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery and is doing really well now. She is no longer in pain and she is back to her farming activi...

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November 21, 2021

Mackline is a small scale farmer and a mother of 7. Her husband was paralyzed after a fall and currently is unable to generate any income for their family so she works hard to support their needs. They own a two-room mud house for shelter and their children have not received much education.

For two years now, Mackline has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. She noticed a small swelling that was causing on-and-off pain at that time. Now, it appears even on coughing and is very painful. She has recently completely stopped farming. Mackline heard the news on the radio about the opportunity of having medical treatment at Rushoroza Hospital and did not hesitate to visit. The surgeon reviewed her and recommended a herniorrhaphy which she cannot afford, so Mackline is seeking support. If not treated, the hernia could increase in size and cause future complications. Fortunately, on November 23rd, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Mackline’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Mackline says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am not doing well health-wise and my productivity has been affected negatively. I hope to resume farming as soon as possible.”

Mackline is a small scale farmer and a mother of 7. Her husband was paralyzed after a fall and currently is unable to generate any income fo...

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Mackline's Timeline

  • November 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mackline was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mackline received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • November 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mackline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mackline's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mackline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Mackline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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11% funded

11%funded
$25raised
$194to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Eudia

Eudia is a farmer and a 45-year-old single mother of two children. Her youngest just completed primary school and will be joining college next year while her daughter is in senior year three. Eudia earns a living through growing and selling onions, tomatoes, and eggplants. The income she generates enables her to cater to her needs and those of her parents as they live together. Eudia enjoys singing in the church choir. For a year now, Eudia has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, persistent backaches, generalized body weakness. She tried seeking medical treatment at a different healthcare center where they treated her for urinary tract infection. The treatment was not a success so they referred her to our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. At Nyakibale, she was examined with a scan and tests and has been diagnosed with a large uterine fibroid. Treatment will aid in the prevention of complications like anemia and the fibroid turning into cancer. Eudia is in need of treatment but is not financially able to finance it so she is requesting financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Eudia's surgery. On January 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Eudia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Eudia shared: “I am the sole provider for my family. My family needs me. I hope I will be able to regain my health and continue to support my family.”

11% funded

11%funded
$25raised
$194to go