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Success! Joseph from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia surgery so he can continue working hard.

Joseph
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

December 29, 2021

Joseph underwent hernia surgery so he can continue working.

Joseph had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery and is recovering well! The surgery reduced the chances of the hernia worsening. Joseph shared that he hopes to resume his farming to be in a better position for further development and sustenance of his family. He’s now back home and feeling good.

Joseph says, “Many thanks to the donors and the doctors for the great support towards my surgery. I feel I will live a better life and can keep farming without pain.”

Joseph had a successful hernoirrhaphy surgery and is recovering well! The surgery reduced the chances of the hernia worsening. Joseph shared...

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October 21, 2021

Joseph is a small scale farmer and a father of 8 with 7 living children. He lost his first wife who had 7 children, but lost one, and then re-married and together they have a 2-year-old child. His new wife is also a small-scale farmer and they depend on farming to cater to their daily needs. Their family has a four-room mud house for shelter.

For one year, Joseph has had an umbilical hernia. He developed severe abdominal pains and initially thought he had developed ulcers. He decided to get medication for ulcers, which did not help at all. Since then, his pains have been persistent. He can no longer lift heavy loads or even do farming for a long time. He reported to Rushoroza Hospital and after a review by the surgeon, a herniorrhaphy is recommended. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated and obstructed. He is however unable to afford the surgery.

Fortunately, on October 22nd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Joseph’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Joseph says, “I hope to get better through surgery. This condition has affected my way of life negatively and I seek medical attention. I hope to proceed with farming as soon as I get better.”

Joseph is a small scale farmer and a father of 8 with 7 living children. He lost his first wife who had 7 children, but lost one, and then r...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Joseph'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.