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Success! Davis from Uganda raised $170 to fund hernia surgery so he can grow up free of pain.

Davis
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Davis's treatment was fully funded on December 10, 2022.

Photo of Davis post-operation

December 20, 2022

Davis underwent hernia surgery so he can grow up free of pain.

Davis had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery having been diagnosed with a hernia at our medical partner’s care center in Rushoroza. He has already shown good signs of big improvement and his parents believe that he will live a better and more full life now. His parents thank Watsi for funding the surgery because they could not afford the treatment. He’s now happily back home and doing well!

Davis’ mother says: “I thank God that my son had a successful surgery and will live a normal life again. I thank the donor program and Rushoroza Hospital for the job well done. May God bless you.”

Davis had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery having been diagnosed with a hernia at our medical partner's care center in Rushoroza. He has a...

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October 3, 2022

Meet Davis, a playful, six year old boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Uganda. Both of his parents are small scale farmers, who own a three room mud house where the family lives.

Davis developed a hernia in March 2020. When his mother noticed the hernia, she brought Davis to a local health center where he was treated, and discharged with medication. Recently, the swelling around the hernia has increased, causing Davis to have severe pain. If his hernia isn’t surgically resolved, Davis risks strangulation of the hernia, which could have a significantly negative impact on his quality of life.

With help from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Davis is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on October 3rd, at Rushoroza Hospital. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $170 to fund this procedure, so that Davis can go on to live a healthy, active, and comfortable life.

Davis’ mother says: “I pray that my son gets well through surgery so that he may be able to live a normal life once again and take on his studies comfortably.”

Meet Davis, a playful, six year old boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Uganda. Both of his parents are small scale farmers, ...

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Davis's Timeline

  • October 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Davis was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Davis 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 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Davis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Davis's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Davis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Davis'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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Saw Myo is a 14-year-old from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, two sisters, and brother. His grandparents are retired. His father farms paddy and rubber trees on their land, while his mother is a homemaker. Saw Myo and his siblings are all in school, but Saw Myo recently had to stop attending due to a medical condition. Saw Myo has had a lump on his lower spinal cord since he was nine years old due to an injury from a slingshot. He received medicinal ointment from a traditional healer that helped with the stiffness and prevented further growth. However, Saw Myo fell off his bicycle a few years later, and the lump grew in size. His family took him to several clinics, and an X-ray indicated a potential spinal cord problem. The doctors recommended a computerized tomography (CT) scan, but due to COVID-19 policies, Saw Myo could not receive the scan. His parents continued to try and help Saw Myo receive treatment but learned that his condition could not be treated locally. Saw Myo's mother then contacted a neighbor who worked as a medic at a clinic in Burma and began raising money for his care. The doctors want Saw Myo to undergo an MRI, which is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Saw Myo receive this treatment. On November 15th, he will undergo an MRI. BCMF requests $814 to cover the cost of Saw Myo's MRI procedure and care. Saw Myo's mother said: “We have been so worried since we saw the mass increasing in size. It was tiring to seek treatment in Burma, and we now have borrowed a lot of money without Saw Myo having received treatment."

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