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Success! Magezi from Uganda raised $249 for hernia repair surgery.

Magezi
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Magezi's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2016.

Photo of Magezi post-operation

November 3, 2016

Magezi received successful hernia repair surgery.

Magezi is no longer at risk of intestinal damage. After recovery, he will be able to return to work.

“I feel better and happy,” says Magezi. “I am excited that I am going to live healthier. After recovery, I will be able to work in my gardens so that my family can be well. I am thankful to everyone who has supported me…I cannot thank you enough. God bless everyone.”

Magezi is no longer at risk of intestinal damage. After recovery, he will be able to return to work. “I feel better and happy," says Mage...

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September 25, 2016

Magezi is a 48-year-old married man from Uganda. He has four children, who are quadruplets; two boys and two girls. He feels blessed to have quadruplets but also he feels sad because he is unable to take good care of them with the little money he earns.

For six years, Magezi had lived with a hernia in his right inguinal (groin) area. A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through the inner groin area. About three years ago he had a hernia repair. However, two years after surgery he developed another hernia in the same area. He feels a lot of pain, especially when he coughs and or with any straining. If not treated, the hernia could become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach.

$249 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Magezi needs. After surgery he hopes to continue farming so that he can continue supporting his family.

Magezi is a 48-year-old married man from Uganda. He has four children, who are quadruplets; two boys and two girls. He feels blessed to have...

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Magezi's Timeline

  • September 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Magezi received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • October 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Magezi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Magezi's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 03, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Magezi'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 Magezi'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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