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

Dian
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dian's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2022.

Photo of Dian post-operation

December 27, 2022

Dian underwent hernia repair surgery.

Dian had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery to heal his left inguinal hernia at Rushoroza hospital. His parents are relieved to no longer be worried of their son’s medical condition. His mother believes that he will no longer have pain and can now play with his friends comfortably.

Dian’s mother says, “I am happy that my son had a successful surgery. I am very hopeful that he will live a better life from now on. He will be able to comfortably join school when the right time comes.”

Dian had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery to heal his left inguinal hernia at Rushoroza hospital. His parents are relieved to no longer be...

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October 13, 2022

Meet Dian, a playful, 18-month-old boy, who lives with his parents in a two roomed shelter. Dian’s parents work as small scale farmers.

Three weeks ago, Dian’s mother noticed a small, inguinal swelling on Dian. While it doesn’t appear to cause him pain, he often touches and scratches the area. Dian’s parents are concerned about leaving the hernia untreated, and worry that it may worsen.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Dian’s hernia repair surgery, which is scheduled to take place on October 14th, at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Dian’s mother says: “His condition worries me so much and I feel uncomfortable all the time. I pray that he may get normal again through surgery.”

Meet Dian, a playful, 18-month-old boy, who lives with his parents in a two roomed shelter. Dian's parents work as small scale farmers. ...

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Dian's Timeline

  • October 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dian 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dian's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dian'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 Dian'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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