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Success! Daniel from Uganda raised $208 for hernia repair surgery.

  • $208 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Daniel's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2016.

Photo of Daniel post-operation

October 19, 2016

Daniel received successful hernia repair surgery.

“The big smile on Daniel’s face tells how happy he is to have his hernia repaired,” his medical team shared. “As a brick-maker, Daniel could not work because of the pain. After resting and being completely healed he should be able to start his business again. Daniel will tell others that have hernias that they should go to the doctor to get help.”

“I am so happy to be able to go back to work,” Daniel shared. “I want to get married and start a family, but I couldn’t do that without a job. God bless you.”

"The big smile on Daniel's face tells how happy he is to have his hernia repaired," his medical team shared. "As a brick-maker, Daniel could...

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August 2, 2016

Meet Daniel, a 32-year-old man from Uganda. When he is feeling well, Daniel makes bricks and sells them for a living. He lives at peace with his neighbors, and enjoys listening to discussion programs on the radio in his free time.

Daniel has had a hernia for the past nine months. When the hernia developed, several people in his community believed it was caused by worms that wanted to escape his body. In actuality, Daniel’s condition is a protrusion of the intestinal tissue through a weakness in the abdominal wall.

Daniel first accepted advice from community members to use herbs to prevent the worms from growing in his body. The herbs failed to treat his symptoms, and he is now in a lot of pain. Daniel’s pain has prevented him from working full time and participating in daily activities.

While he cannot afford the $208 required for a hernia repair surgery due to his inability to work for the past five months, he has contributed $8 to the total cost. This procedure will return his herniated tissue to the abdominal cavity and seal the weakened area in the abdominal wall.

When he gets well, Daniel is looking forward to growing and harvesting rice. He then hopes to buy iron sheets and construct a house, and to find a wife after his house is built. Daniel thanks all the people donating to his hospital care, and prays for blessings to the program that has enabled him to access this care.

Meet Daniel, a 32-year-old man from Uganda. When he is feeling well, Daniel makes bricks and sells them for a living. He lives at peace wi...

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Daniel's Timeline

  • August 2, 2016

    Daniel was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • August 05, 2016

    Daniel 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.

  • September 06, 2016

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2016

    Daniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 19, 2016

    Daniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Hernia - Unobstructed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Daniel's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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. 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 alternative hospital is more than two hours away. Patients may live anywhere from 2 to 50+ kilometers away from Bwindi Community Hospital. They may walk or take a taxi to the hospital. Normally, they learn about Watsi from the 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 may use herbal medicines or treat themselves with ash to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

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