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Success! Birungi from Uganda raised $249 to fund hernia repair sugery.

Birungi
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  • $249 raised, $0 to go
$249
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Birungi's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2017.

Photo of Birungi post-operation

January 27, 2017

Birungi underwent successful hernia repair surgery.

She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to play and eat well.

Her mother says, “Birungi is getting better…I thank the people who have helped us to pay for our daughter’s surgery. Indeed, may God bless them, and I pray that may Watsi keep up the same spirit.”

She is no longer at risk of strangulation of the hernia. After recovery, she will be able to play and eat well. Her mother says, “Birungi...

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November 18, 2016

Birungi is a three-year-old girl from Uganda. She has one sibling. Her parents do not have a stable source of income.

In 2014, Birungi developed a painful swelling in her upper abdomen. Over time, the swelling progressively increased in size. She felt pain when she ate or coughed. One year ago, Birungi was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a supraumbilical hernia. Her parents could not afford to pay for treatment.

When Birungi’s mother learned about Watsi, she brought her daughter to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On November 23, Birungi underwent a hernia repair surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. Birungi’s mother hopes that she will grow up healthy.

Birungi is a three-year-old girl from Uganda. She has one sibling. Her parents do not have a stable source of income. In 2014, Birungi de...

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Birungi's Timeline

  • November 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Birungi received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital.

  • January 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Birungi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Birungi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 27, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Birungi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $249 for Birungi'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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