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Success! Juma from Tanzania raised $566 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Juma
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  • $566 raised, $0 to go
$566
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Juma's treatment was fully funded on June 7, 2021.

Photo of Juma post-operation

June 17, 2021

Juma underwent hernia repair surgery.

Juma had a successful surgery that corrected his inguinal hernia which has been troubling him for years, causing him pain and discomfort. Through this surgery, Juma no longer experiences pain and will be able to lead a full, healthy life ahead.

Juma says, “Thank you very much for saving me from the pain I have been going through for years. Through funding my treatment and having my condition corrected, I am now ok. God bless you. ’’

Juma had a successful surgery that corrected his inguinal hernia which has been troubling him for years, causing him pain and discomfort. Th...

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April 30, 2021

Juma is a 15-year-old boy and the youngest of nine children born to his mother. He is an intelligent boy who completed primary school with good marks, but unfortunately, his father couldn’t afford to send him to secondary school. Juma stays home and helps his mother work on the farm where they grow maize, vegetables, and cassava. Juma’s dream is to become a teacher.

Since childhood, Juma has had a right inguinal hernia that causes him pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Juma receive treatment. On May 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Juma’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Juma shared, “please help me with this condition because as I grow older the pain keeps becoming worse which is a sign it’s getting worse.”

Juma is a 15-year-old boy and the youngest of nine children born to his mother. He is an intelligent boy who completed primary school with g...

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Juma's Timeline

  • April 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Juma was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Juma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Juma received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Juma's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Juma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $566 for Juma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$13
Labs
$14
Other
$27
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.