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

Katusabe
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Katusabe's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2018.

Photo of Katusabe post-operation

June 17, 2018

Katusabe underwent hernia repair surgery.

Katusabe’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of complications.

Her mother says, “Rosemary is now much better. I am very happy and my heart is filled with joy. Thank you Watsi for helping my daughter.”

Katusabe’s hernia repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of complications. Her mother says, "Rosemary is now much better. I am v...

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May 15, 2018

Katusabe is a young student from Uganda. She is in nursery school, and she is studying hard because she wants to become a teacher in the future. Her parents are farmers.

Since the beginning of this year, Katusabe has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may cause intestinal tissue damage and blocking. Fortunately, on May 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Katusabe’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Her mother says, “After surgery I will go for a thanks giving mass in church to thanks God for my second chance.’’

Katusabe is a young student from Uganda. She is in nursery school, and she is studying hard because she wants to become a teacher in the fut...

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Katusabe's Timeline

  • May 15, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Katusabe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 16, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Katusabe 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.

  • May 22, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Katusabe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Katusabe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 07, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Katusabe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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

Aziza is a young student from Tanzania. She is twelve year old and the second born in a family of three children. She is currently in class six and her best subjects are mathematic and Swahili. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other sibling are being raised by other relatives, this after their mother past away four years ago. Their father developed a drinking problem and was not taking care of the children, so their relatives decided to help the children since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. When she was three years old, Aziza fell on an open fire when playing with her two siblings. She suffered wrist burns and after a hospital stay, she was discharged to continue with dressing the burn at home. Unfortunately, she healed with contractures on her left wrist. In October last year, Watsi donors funded her her wrist contracture release and skin graft. She now needs her fingers released as contractures make it impossible for her to move her fingers freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Aziza receive treatment. On February 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will be able to move her fingers and hand freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Aziza requested, “Help me have my hand fully released and be able to use it in my daily activities without challenges.”

58% funded

58%funded
$358raised
$250to go

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