Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Lenon is an infant from Uganda who needs $179 to fund hernia repair.

Lenon
13%
  • $25 raised, $154 to go
$25
raised
$154
to go
Dedicate my donation


We'll send your dedicatee an email
about your gift, along with updates
about Lenon's recovery.

July 5, 2017

Lenon is an eight-month-old boy from Uganda. He is the second child in his family, with a brother three years older than him. He lives with his family on their farm in a small village near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. His family is active in their local church and community.

Since birth, Lenon has suffered from an inguinal hernia. This means that part of his intestine is protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. Recently, this protrusion has grown larger and more painful. He is having difficulty crawling and cries often.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $179 to fund Lenon’s surgery. His operation is scheduled for July 6 at our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. After treatment, Lenon will be able to grow and develop normally.

“I appreciate so much the help from the donors who don’t know me,” says Doreen, Lenon’s mother. “I pray that they continue to help others.”

Lenon is an eight-month-old boy from Uganda. He is the second child in his family, with a brother three years older than him. He lives with ...

Read more

Lenon's Timeline

  • July 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lenon was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • July 06, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lenon received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • July 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lenon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 25, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Lenon's treatment update from The Kellermann Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Lenon is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Pediatric Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $179 for Lenon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
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 of a hernia. 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 alternate hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from two to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from 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 use herbal medicines to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.