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Success! Bruno from Uganda raised $170 to fund surgery to alleviate a painful birth condition.

Bruno
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bruno's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Bruno post-operation

December 22, 2021

Bruno underwent surgery to alleviate a painful birth condition.

Bruno had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his hydrocele worsening. His father is very happy and believes his son will finally live a normal life and will be very active again like he used to be before. He’s now back home and recovering well!

Bruno’s father says, “Many thanks to the donor program for restoring the health of my son which otherwise would have taken another direction. My son looks good and will be able to return to school without difficulty.”

Bruno had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. This surgery reduced the chances of his hydrocele worsening. His father ...

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November 17, 2021

Bruno is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. He is the firstborn in his family. His parents are farmers with a modest income to meet most of their day to day needs. Bruno’s father shared that he is a kind and cheerful boy.

Since he was born, Bruno has had a hydrocele, or swelling. However, 6 months ago, the hydrocele became painful. The hydrocele manifests itself as a swelling in a sensitive area. His parents have tried seeking treatment earlier without success. Now, Bruno is not able to play around actively like other children. HIs family took him to Rushoroza Hospital and doctors have told them that he needs a hydrocelectomy surgery. Their family appeals for help to fund his care.

Fortunately, on November 19th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $170 to fund Bruno’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Bruno’s father says, “My son is no longer active like he used to be and I am worried. I hope he may get well through surgery so that he can return to school and proceed with his education comfortably.”

Bruno is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. He is the firstborn in his family. His parents are farmers with a modest income to meet ...

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Bruno's Timeline

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bruno was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bruno's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bruno received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bruno's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bruno's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Bruno's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$33
Labs
$25
Other
$8
  • 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 developed countries. 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 high-risk 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 supportive bands or clothing around their 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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