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Success! Sharif from Uganda raised $208 for hernia repair surgery.

Sharif
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$208
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$0
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Fully funded
Sharif's treatment was fully funded on October 24, 2016.

Photo of Sharif post-operation

October 26, 2016

Sharif successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Sharif 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’s in 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.

“Thank you so much for helping me,” shares Sharif. “I am excited to be able to return to work and help my family.”

Sharif 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...

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August 13, 2016

22 year-old Sharif lives with his extended family in a village about 50km from the hospital. When he is feeling well, he contributes to the family income by working as a motorcycle mechanic, but his painful hernia has made working difficult.

He has had a hernia for about three years and his pain makes it difficult to have the strength he needs to release and tighten the nuts and bolts on motorcycles. At first, the pain would come and go, and he thought it might be a boil. He tried different treatments in the village, but nothing helped. Surgery will repair the weak area in his abdominal muscles through which tissue is bulging, resolving his discomfort.

“After I have surgery, I will be able to do the work I have difficulty doing now and be able to help support my family, which is important to me” says Sharif. He is also looking forward to being able to play on the village soccer team again, which he enjoys doing when he is not working.

Sharif adds, “Thank you very much for helping me get back to work. May God bless you.”

22 year-old Sharif lives with his extended family in a village about 50km from the hospital. When he is feeling well, he contributes to the ...

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Sharif's Timeline

  • August 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sharif was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • August 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sharif 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.

  • September 22, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sharif's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sharif's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sharif's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Sharif's treatment
Hospital Fees
$116
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$20
Supplies
$52
Labs
$20
  • 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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$1,106raised
$394to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Pwe

Pwe is a 56-year-old woman who lives with her husband, her older brother, her daughter and her grandson in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. Since they came to the refugee camp, Pwe teaches at one of the primary schools and she earns 1,060 baht (approx. 35 USD) per month. She has a resourceful family: Her daughter teaches piano on a keyboard, and she earns around 2,000 baht (approx. 67 USD) per month. Her older brother is a carpenter who earns income when someone commissions a piece of furniture. When he does have work, he will earn around 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. Pwe's grandson is a nursery school student in the refugee camp. Her son-in-law went back to Burma to visit his parents in 2019. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he has been unable to come back to the refugee camp since then. All together, they work hard to make finances meet their day to day needs. The doctors at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital (MSGH), have diagnosed Pwe with a cataract in her left eye. Currently, Pwe cannot see people’s faces and she can only perceive light out of her left eye. With her right eye, she can see things that are near, but nothing that's far away. She received a pair of eyeglasses from the doctor at MSGH after her first visit, which helps her see better with her right eye but if she does not wear the eyeglasses, she cannot read or teach her students. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors will perform a lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Pwe's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again and go back to teaching her students without difficulty. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Pwe's treatment. She said, “Since the vision in my left eye worsened, I feel uncomfortable reading and teaching. Sometimes, I ask my daughter, who also graduated from high school in the refugee camp, to teach in my place as I cannot read or prepare my lesson plans.”

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