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Success! Alinaitwe from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Alinaitwe
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Alinaitwe's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2016.

Photo of Alinaitwe post-operation

November 4, 2016

Alinaitwe successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Alinaitwe is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. He has shared that he feels much less pain now and is more calm and peaceful. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

“I feel better. I have less pain compared to the pain I had before surgery. I believe I am going to be healthier,” says Alinaitwe. “May God bless the work of the hands of everyone who has helped me.”

Alinaitwe is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better....

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September 23, 2016

Alinaitwe is a 41 years old married father of four children from Uganda. He has three boys and one girl. He gets income from motorcycle transport. However, the money is not sufficient for all his family needs.

About thirteen years ago, when Alinaitwe was working in the garden, he felt a sharp pain in left inguinal (groin) area. After a few weeks, he developed a swelling in the same area. The swelling increased in size and the pain has been on and off. Alinaitwe visited a hospital ten years ago where he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition where part of his intestine is protruding through his inner groin area. He was advised to have surgery, which he couldn’t afford. However, he has kept going to hospital and receiving medication, but this has not relieved the sharp pain he gets. Due to the pain, he is unable to lift heavy items and he is unable to work in the garden for a long time. He also cannot ride a motorcycle long distances.

If not treated, the hernia could become become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach. $249 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Alinaitwe needs. After surgery, he hopes to continue doing motorcycle transport and plans to do some farming to supplement on his income.

Alinaitwe is a 41 years old married father of four children from Uganda. He has three boys and one girl. He gets income from motorcycle tran...

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Alinaitwe's Timeline

  • September 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alinaitwe 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.

  • October 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alinaitwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alinaitwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alinaitwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Joan is a farmer and a mother from Rukungiri district in southwest Uganda. She is married and is a mother of six, with two sons, both studying in school, and four daughters, all of whom are married and small-scale farmers. She managed to complete seventh grade in primary school but never proceeded due to a lack of money for school fees. Joan and her husband do farming and grow food crops for home consumption, but often sell off the surplus to generate an income for their family. Five years ago, Joan began to experience troubling symptoms, including a lot of pain; she can’t turn her head sideways; she feels congested with difficulty breathing; she gets fatigued easily and has shortness of breath whenever she lies down to sleep. She first went to Kisiizi hospital, where she was diagnosed and was asked to first pay for her surgery, which she couldn’t raise, but when she was oriented about a surgical support program, she decided to come to see if she could be supported. She was diagnosed with a goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Joan receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 29th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Joan says, "I am really in deep pain, but I hope to get healed once I receive this surgery."

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23%funded
$60raised
$192to go

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