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

Sanyu
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sanyu's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Sanyu post-operation

July 10, 2017

Sanyu underwent hernia repair surgery.

Sanyu’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery he will be able to do any work.

Sanyu’s hernia repair was a success. He is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery he will be able to do any work....

April 21, 2017

Sanyu is a 53-year-old married man and a father of ten. Living in Uganda, Sanyu works as a farmer and cultivates tomatoes and onions to sell, putting most of his profits towards his children’s educations.

Sanyu began to have swelling in his right groin region about five years ago. Seeking treatment at a government hospital, he learned he had a hernia and needed to undergo hernia repair surgery to eliminate his pain. After he was unsuccessful in receiving treatment from a government hospital and was unable to afford the cost of surgery at a private hospital, Sanyu came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for help.

Sanyu is currently scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on April 26, and is requesting $249 to cover the expenses of this procedure.

After his operation, Sanyu hopes to resume farming so that he can keep his children in school.

Sanyu is a 53-year-old married man and a father of ten. Living in Uganda, Sanyu works as a farmer and cultivates tomatoes and onions to sell...

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Sanyu's Timeline

  • April 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sanyu was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sanyu 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.

  • June 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sanyu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sanyu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sanyu's treatment was fully funded.

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