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Success! Anna from Uganda raised $229 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Anna
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$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Anna's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2017.

Photo of Anna post-operation

July 24, 2017

Anna underwent hernia repair surgery.

Anna’s surgery went well, and she is now back home recuperating. Her doctors expect that she should be able to return to work with no problems in a few weeks. She is looking forward to returning to work and to church.

Anna says, “I thank the donors who are contributing their resources to help me get this surgery. I have struggled with this pain for a long time. And I have been having difficulty in walking and digging.”

She adds, “I pray that God blesses you abundantly.”

Anna's surgery went well, and she is now back home recuperating. Her doctors expect that she should be able to return to work with no proble...

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June 23, 2017

Anna is a 46-year-old widow from Uganda who works very hard to send all five of her children to school. Anna is a subsistence farmer, growing food on rented land and selling any extra crops in the market for a small cash income. She additionally works as a farm laborer to supplement what she earns. In her spare time, Anna heads the savings and loan association in her village that helps members take out small loans to pay for needed items and school fees. She is also an active member of her church, leading her village’s fellowship group.

For two years, Anna has had a very painful inguinal hernia that has affected her ability to work. Doctors have recommended surgery, however Anna is only able to subsidize $7 of the treatment’s cost. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to fund Anna’s surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Anna to live more comfortably.

After surgery, Anna is looking forward to being able to work full time so she can grow more food for her family. “I am so happy to have received this assistance,” says Anna. “I would like to tell all the donors thank you for what they have done to help me.”

Anna is a 46-year-old widow from Uganda who works very hard to send all five of her children to school. Anna is a subsistence farmer, growin...

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Anna's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Anna was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • July 3, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anna 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 25, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Anna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$20
Supplies
$55
Labs
$22
  • 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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Rin is a 47-year-old farmer. Rin and his wife have three children, one son, two daughters, and one grandchild. His daughters are married, his son still lives at home and is a cook at a local restaurant. In 2019, Rin was hit by a car while on his motorcycle and fractured his right tibia and fibula. He was treated for his fracture at a local hospital, with external fixation of the bones to repair his fracture. A year later, the external fixation was removed, he had a fever and active infection, and his bones did not heal properly. On the advice of his neighbor, he visited Children's Surgical Centre in June and was given antibiotics for a month to clear up the infection prior to any surgery. He was not able to return until December due to the coronavirus lockdown and provincial restrictions for travel. He's unable to put weight on his leg and must use crutches. He feels unwell most of the time and has swelling and pain. His leg has not healed properly - it is bowed and the bone is freely moveable. Right now he cannot work on his farm or make money to feed his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 14th, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Proper correction and alignment of his bones will help him return to full function and to farming to support his family. "I hope after surgery my leg will finally heal, and I will be able to walk again. I want to work on my farm to feed my family and make sure my grandchild will go to school."

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