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

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Suntar's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

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December 27, 2021

Suntar underwent a hernia repair surgery.

Suntar had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Her surgery reduced the chances of the epigastric hernia worsening. She is happy to no longer experience the pains that she has been experiencing for so many years and has new hope to live a better and more productive life.

Suntar says, “I thank Watsi for restoring my life after living in such a painful condition for so many years. I had lost hope because my family could not afford the surgery. Now I hope to resume farming and be able to live a better life.”

Suntar had a successful herniorrhaphy surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Her surgery reduced the chances of the epigastric hernia worsening. She...

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October 20, 2021

Suntar is a 54-year-old small scale farmer. She’s a mother of six and lives with her husband. She shared that her husband has mental illness and currently stays home all day as he can no longer engage in any income-generating activity. Together they own a three-room home that requires replacement because it is in bad shape. Her firstborn is 23 years old and is currently in an institution of higher learning while her youngest child is 16 years old and in primary school class six.

For 21 years, Suntar has had an epigastric hernia. She developed a small swelling on her stomach which was more visible whenever she got pregnant and would disappear after delivery. She has never sought treatment from any medical facility due to lack of funds. But now she is experiencing severe pains and an increased breathing rate. This has greatly affected her daily routine as she can no longer do farming comfortably. Recently she visited a hospital and after a review by the doctor, a herniorrhaphy was recommended. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated. She requests assistance since she is not able to meet the surgery costs.

Fortunately, on October 22nd, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $170 to fund Suntar’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Suntar says, “I hope to get well through surgery. I have struggled very much with my condition but I finally hope to live a better and normal life again. I will continue with farming to be able to take care of family.”

Suntar is a 54-year-old small scale farmer. She's a mother of six and lives with her husband. She shared that her husband has mental illness...

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Suntar's Timeline

  • October 20, 2021

    Suntar was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 26, 2021

    Suntar 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 26, 2021

    Suntar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021

    Suntar's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021

    Suntar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Hernia / Hydrocele Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $170 for Suntar's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Mercy is a hardworking laborer and a widow. Her husband died 17 years ago when she was pregnant with her only child. The same year she gave birth to her son prematurely. She has worked hard to raise her son alone and he is currently in secondary school. Mercy doesn’t have a stable job, but engages in casual jobs within her village where she does cleaning to provide for her son. She likes being in the company of her son and they live in a small rented room in their small town. Around 17 years ago, Mercy began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that developed when she gave birth to her son. She has had a difficult journey looking for treatment for her condition and has been to different hospitals where doctors have recommended surgery. She has never gotten the chance to have the surgery due to a lack of finances. Mercy has muscle weakness and gets fatigued easily. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter for which she reported to Kapsowar Hospital seeking support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mercy receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 12th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Mercy says, "I have lost weight, I am weak and cannot work like before. My hope in life is to get treated and continue supporting my son. He is the only family I got.”

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