Patrick is 10-years-old and enjoys football and going to school. Patrick has an inguinal hernia - a type of hernia that never go away without treatment. Left untreated the hernia can become trapped or incarcerated which are life-threatening complications that need emergency surgery. As many of the children we see with hernia’s live far from any medical facilities it is unlikely they would reach medical care in time if complications were to set in and this is the case with Patrick who lives in a small village a long drive from Kampala.
Patrick’s mum tried to get medical treatment but on her limited income she would never be able to save up to afford an operation. Instead her only option would have been to borrow money and get into debt and further poverty. We’re hoping we can avoid this by covering the costs of William’s operation.