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

Ladule
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  • $220 raised, $0 to go
$220
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ladule's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2016.

Photo of Ladule post-operation

July 5, 2016

Ladule received successful hernia repair surgery.

Ladule is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, and strangulation. After recovery, he will be able to play without feeling pain.

“I feel good. I will go to school and play,” Ladule said after surgery. “Thank you for helping me.”

“Ladule has very few words,” his grandmother added. “Thank you very much for the help you’ve given me. You’ve given me peace of mind as well. I was unable to pay for his surgery and I never knew he would get surgery. Thank you very much.”

Ladule is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, and strangulation. After recovery, he will be able to play without fee...

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May 24, 2016

Ladule is seven years old, and attends school for special needs children in Uganda. He was raised by his paternal grandmother, as he was neglected by his parents at a young age. His parents suffer from alcohol addiction. Ladule is still in pre-school, and his favorite food is rice.

About nine months ago, Ladule’s grandmother noticed a swelling in his scrotum as she was bathing him. She shared with his teacher at school about his condition. The teacher told her it could be a hernia, and advised her to take him to the hospital. Since that time, his grandmother has been unable to take him to the hospital because of lack of money. Recently she learnt about the Watsi program at Virika hospital, and brought him for treatment.

Ladule is currently in pain. If not treated, Ladule may develop intestinal incarceration, obstruction and strangulation. Treatment for his hernia will cost $220, and afterwards, he is expected to make a full recovery.

After surgery, Ladule’s grandmother hopes he will have good health despite his other challenging conditions.

Ladule is seven years old, and attends school for special needs children in Uganda. He was raised by his paternal grandmother, as he was neg...

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Ladule's Timeline

  • May 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ladule was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ladule's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 25, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ladule's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 01, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ladule received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • July 05, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ladule's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 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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