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Success! Saturday from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair.

Saturday
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saturday's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2016.

Photo of Saturday post-operation

November 14, 2016

Saturday successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Saturday 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 feels 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.

“I feel better. I am excited about getting well,” shares Saturday. “After recovery I will be able to continue farming and I hope to start trading in fish. I am so grateful to Watsi for the assistance I’ve received.”

Saturday is doing great and his surgery was a success. He is currently at home resting with his family, and already feeling so much better. ...

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September 6, 2016

Saturday is a 27 year old single farmer from Uganda. He enjoys listening to music and traveling.

One year ago, Saturday developed a swelling in his right inguinal area. Due to the pain, he works with difficulty and is unable to lift heavy items. Any straining increases the swelling and the pain.

Saturday visited a hospital and was diagnosed with a hernia. He was advised to have surgery, but he has been waiting for a long time and has not been given a date for the surgery. He cannot afford to pay for his surgery at a private hospital.

For $249, Saturday will undergo the hernia repair surgery he needs to be healthy. After surgery he hopes to continue farming and to look for a job.

“Thank you for bringing us help that will save us from pain,” Saturday shared.

Saturday is a 27 year old single farmer from Uganda. He enjoys listening to music and traveling. One year ago, Saturday developed a swel...

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Saturday's Timeline

  • September 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 7, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saturday 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saturday's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saturday's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saturday's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Saturday's treatment
Hospital Fees
$181
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$58
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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