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Success! Buherere from Uganda raised $220 for hernia repair surgery.

Buherere
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  • $220 raised, $0 to go
$220
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$0
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Fully funded
Buherere's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2016.

Photo of Buherere post-operation

September 16, 2016

Buherere received successful hernia repair surgery.

Buherere is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation due to his hernia. After recovery he will be able to work in his banana plantation. He was discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

“I feel better. I feel as if I am dreaming that I’ve had surgery,” Buherere said in his post-operative appointment. “I didn’t have any money for my treatment. Thank you very much for helping me and other poor people. After recovery I will continue looking after my banana plantation. God bless you all.”

Buherere is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation due to his hernia. After recovery he will be able t...

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July 4, 2016

“I will be happy when I receive the financial support to have surgery,” Buherere shares. He is a 63-year-old Ugandan man with a wife and three children. He, and all of his children, are banana farmers. However, the family does not bring in much income because the pieces of land that they own are small.

About thirteen years ago, Buherere noticed a swelling in his left groin, or inguinal, region. Over time, he developed another swelling, this time in the right inguinal area. Although at first the lumps were not uncomfortable, this year they have begun to cause him pain and vomiting. Any straining increases his discomfort, so he is now unable to work.

Upon the advice of a friend, Buherere traveled to Virika hospital. There, he was diagnosed with bilateral hernias and advised to have surgery. If he does not undergo this procedure, not only will Buherere continue to have to miss work. He also risks having his hernias develop fatal complications, such as strangulation, where part of the intestine undergoes tissue death.

Although Buherere cannot afford to pay for hernia repair surgery on his own, we can bridge the gap. For $220, doctors will perform Buherere’s operation, closing the gaps in his abdominal wall that are causing the hernia. This sum will also cover the cost of the medications and two-week hospital stay he will need to recover from his procedure.

Let’s help return Buherere to health so he can work again—and support his family.

“I will be happy when I receive the financial support to have surgery,” Buherere shares. He is a 63-year-old Ugandan man with a wife and thr...

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Buherere's Timeline

  • July 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Buherere was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Buherere received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • August 3, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Buherere's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Buherere's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Buherere's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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