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Success! Stephen from Uganda raised $227 to treat his inguinal hernia.

Stephen
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Stephen's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2016.
February 28, 2016

Stephen received treatment for his inguinal hernia.

Doctors successfully patched the bulged, weak area of Stephen’s groin to free him from the pain and discomfort he was experiencing. Our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, explains, “When he left the hospital, Stephen had only minor pain from the surgery and was looking forward to begin renovations on his house.”

The Kellerman Foundation continues, “Stephen was excited to be able to have hernia surgery after so many years of pain. He thanked all the donors and asks God to bless them with abundance.”

The Kellermann staff explains that, unfortunately, Stephen left the hospital before his discharge photo was taken. He lives very far from the hospital and has not yet come back for his followup appointment when a second photo could be taken.

Doctors successfully patched the bulged, weak area of Stephen's groin to free him from the pain and discomfort he was experiencing. Our medi...

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January 6, 2016

“Stephen is a 78-year-old retired truck driver who enjoys life,” our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, tells us. “Stephen and his wife have 11 children and 70 grandchildren–he has trouble remembering all of their names!”

“Stephen has suffered from a hernia for six years,” the Kellermann Foundation explains. A hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. Specifically, Stephen’s hernia is located in the inguinal, or groin, region.

“His hernia has caused him pain and discomfort and has prevented him from doing repairs on his house,” the Kellermann Foundation continues. “His income is lower now that he is retired and he has not been able to afford surgery.”

Stephen’s hernia repair costs $227 and will increase his quality of life, allowing him “to do repairs on his home and work without pain.”

“Thank you so much to the people helping me,” Stephen shares. “I pray that God blesses them and brings them abundance!”

“Stephen is a 78-year-old retired truck driver who enjoys life,” our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, tells us. “Stephen and his ...

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Stephen's Timeline

  • January 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 08, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stephen received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • January 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stephen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stephen's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Stephen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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