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Success! Abel from Uganda raised $179 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Abel
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  • $179 raised, $0 to go
$179
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Abel's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2017.

Photo of Abel post-operation

July 24, 2017

Abel underwent hernia repair surgery.

Abel is feeling much better after his hernia operation. He and his mother have gone home to complete recuperation there. In no time, he should be returning to trying to walk again!

“Having my son healthy again is such a blessing,” says Marian. “We could not afford this surgery and it was so difficult to see my son in pain. I pray that God blesses all the donors abundantly for their generosity.”

Abel is feeling much better after his hernia operation. He and his mother have gone home to complete recuperation there. In no time, he shou...

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June 22, 2017

Abel is a 13-month-old boy who lives with his parents in southwestern Uganda. His parents are subsistence farmers who rent land to grow crops for home consumption and for sale if yields permit. Abel’s mother also weaves baskets for extra income. Recently, Abel has begun to say a few words in his local language.

When Abel was eight months old, he developed an umbilical hernia. Although doctors anticipated that it would close on its own, the hernia has grown much larger over the past five months, causing Abel pain and inhibiting his mobility.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $179 to fund hernia repair surgery for Abel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully greatly improve Abel’s quality of life.

“Please send a message of thanks to the donors for me,” says Abel’s mother. “The help they are giving Abel matters so much. Because our crops have been so poor, we have not been able to save any money for doctors.”

Abel is a 13-month-old boy who lives with his parents in southwestern Uganda. His parents are subsistence farmers who rent land to grow crop...

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Abel's Timeline

  • June 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Abel 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Abel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 07, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Pediatric Hernia
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $179 for Abel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$20
Supplies
$55
Labs
$22
  • 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 of a hernia. 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 alternate hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from two to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from 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 use herbal medicines to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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