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Success! Petero from Uganda raised $170 to fund surgery to repair a hernia.

Petero
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Petero's treatment was fully funded on December 5, 2022.

Photo of Petero post-operation

December 22, 2022

Petero underwent surgery to repair a hernia.

Petero had a successful hydrocelectomy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Our medical partner shared that he is very happy and believes he will comfortably resume farming. His new wife is very happy too and thanks the donor program for funding her husband’s surgery. His pain is now gone, and he was discharged home from the hospital feeling well.

Petero says, “I am very happy and can’t thank enough the donors and the hospital for making sure my surgery was a success. I pray that you may keep the good spirit of helping and supporting us who suffer a lot because they cannot afford surgeries. May God bless you.”

Petero had a successful hydrocelectomy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Our medical partner shared that he is very happy and believes he will ...

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November 6, 2022

Petero is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He shared his story with us and that he was not able to attend school growing up because he was helping to take care of his father’s animals. He is a father to seven children, aged 30 to 44 years old. He lost his first wife in 2017 and remarried last year.

For one month now, Petero has had a right hydrocele, a small painless swelling in his groin that later started increasing in size. The more the size increased, the more painful it became. He thought it was witchcraft, and decided to resort to prayer for healing. He has never visited any hospital for medical attention before. Currently, he is no longer able to farm comfortably because it has become too painful. If not treated, his condition could develop complications, such as a hematoma or an infection. Fortunately, on November 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Petero’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Petero says, “It is painful, and I can no longer do my day-to-day farming duties comfortably. I hope to get well through surgery and be able to live a normal and more productive life once again.”

Petero is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He shared his story with us and that he was not able to attend school growing up because he was ...

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Petero's Timeline

  • November 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Petero 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.

  • November 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Petero's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Petero's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Petero's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Petero'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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Irenea

Irenea is a 60-year woman from the Philippines. She takes care of her grandchildren and helps with household chores. Her daughter, a vendor, and her son-in-law, a baker, support the family financially. In February 2022, Irenea began to experience troubling symptoms, including intermittent fever and episodes of blood in the urine. She sought a medical checkup and underwent an ultrasound test. The test revealed that she was suffering from gallstones. She opted to take medicine in the hopes that it would cure her condition. Unfortunately, her condition seemed to worsen over time. Irenea has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irenea is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 16th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Irenea's surgery and care. "This treatment is almost impossible for our mother to receive. Our financial resources are insufficient, so we're incapable to pay for her hospital bill," Irenea's daughter shared tearfully. "To WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you for this early Christmas gift! Our family is so happy to be one of your beneficiaries," she added.

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$387raised
$439to go

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