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

Geofrey
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Geofrey's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2023.

Photo of Geofrey post-operation

December 1, 2022

Geofrey underwent hernia surgery.

Geofrey underwent successful surgery! With tears of joy, Geofrey shared his thanks for the donor program and Rushoroza Hospital for giving him another chance to live a comfortable life at his age. His family also shared their gratitude for the care and services Geofrey received. He has returned home and is recovering well.

Geofrey says: “I can’t thank the donor program enough for funding my surgery because my family and I could not have afforded it and my health was deteriorating with time. I thank you very much.”

Geofrey underwent successful surgery! With tears of joy, Geofrey shared his thanks for the donor program and Rushoroza Hospital for giving h...

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October 6, 2022

Geofrey is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He had eight children altogether but shared that only three are alive. He has been doing farming together with his wife before his health started to deteriorate. They own a three-room mud house for shelter. Although he is 81 years old, he still has his independence and drives a motorcycle to get around.

Since 2010, Geofrey has had an inguinal hernia. He never sought any treatment until 2018 when the inguinal pains became severe with a growing swelling. He got medication that relieved the symptoms for a while. He also has a bilateral hydrocele that requires surgery. Currently, he is unable to walk comfortably due the huge swelling. “It is like the udder of a cow!”, he exclaimed. He has completely stopped farming and is left to supervise his small fields.

Recently, Geofrey heard a radio talk show about the surgery program from Radio Maria in Rushoroza and went to Rushoroza Hospital immediately to seek help. Fortunately, on October 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.

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

Geofrey says, “I am not well, I cannot walk. I pray that I may get well through surgery so that I may live a better life.”

Geofrey is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He had eight children altogether but shared that only three are alive. He has been doing farmin...

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Geofrey's Timeline

  • October 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Geofrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Geofrey 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.

  • December 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Geofrey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 27, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Geofrey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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