Alick is a 31-year-old farmer from a village called Kuchikodde in Malawi's Central Region. He lives with his wife and three children. When Alick is not farming, he enjoys repairing bicycles and spending time with his friends. Three years ago Alick started experiencing pain from an inguinal hernia (hernia of the groin), which has made it hard for him to work and participate in other activities. He has been unable to access surgical treatment until now. $613 funds a treatment to repair his hernia from our medical partner, World Alterning Medicine. The cost of treatment includes travel and medication, in addition to the surgical costs. Alick and his family are very excited for him to be able to continue working and enjoying other daily activities. Let's help Alick get back on his feet and fund this treatment.
Meet Vonongera, a father of three children in Malawi. He currently supports his family by working as a small scale farmer in the Central Region. Unfortunately, Vonongera has been experiencing pain for the past three years due to an inguinal hernia, a condition which can be easily treated with surgery. He was unable to receive treatment until now. Because of his worsening symptoms, Vonongera does not sleep well, resulting in diminished ability to work and perform other daily tasks. With $613 in funding, Watsi's medical partner, World Altering Medicine, will be able to provide surgical services and medications to Vonongera. His weakened abdominal muscles will be strengthened with mesh and sutures and any bulging tissues will be repositioned. This surgical intervention should restore Vonongera to his formal, healthy self. Vonongera shares with us, "I am excited to return to being a normal person again without such pain." Our support will help him return to his family pain-free.
Willam is a 78-year-old man from Malawi's Central Region, where he lives near his four children and eight grandchildren. In his free time, Willam enjoys spending time with his family and listening to the radio. Willam works as a farmer, but unfortunately has been unable to work for the past several months due to abdominal pain and discomfort caused by an inguinal hernia. He has been unable to sleep well or perform his normal daily duties. For $613, Nkhoma District Hospital will preform hernia repair surgery to strengthen William's inguinal tissue and reduce his pain and discomfort. He and his family are eager for his surgery, and hopeful that he will make a full recovery.
Matabwa is a 30-year-old father of four from a village in Malawi's Central Region. He supports his family through farming a variety of crops. He also assists his wife with cooking, cleaning, and collecting water. In his free time, Matabwa likes playing soccer with his friends and neighbors. Two years ago, Matabwa started experiencing pain from an inguinal hernia-- a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through a weakness in the lower abdominal wall. The pain has started to interfere with his ability to work and conduct household tasks, and he has been unable to receive medical treatment until now. Matabwa's condition is entirely treatable with a $613 surgery to return the herniated tissue to his abdominal cavity. After the surgery and a three-day hospital stay, Matabwa is expected to make a full recovery. He and his family are very excited for him to return to his normal life. "I feel very happy to have the operation," says Matabwa.
Chisomo is a five-year-old from Malawi. He lives with his parents and seven-month-old sister, and likes playing with other kids in his family's village. Chisomo has had an inguinal hernia since he was very young. This is a protrusion of a portion of intestines through a tear in the abdominal wall, and can cause pain and discomfort. Chisomo's mother notices that he often stops playing sooner than other children due to the discomfort this condition causes. For $613 surgeons will reposition the protruding portion of intestine and repair the tear in Chisomo's abdominal wall. This will also cover the costs of any additional post-operational care at the hospital, and soon after his operation Chisomo will be free of pain. Chisomo and his mom are looking forward to him enjoying childhood without the pain caused by his hernia. Chisomo is especially excited to start school!
Devi is a 30-year-old subsistence farmer from an area called Dedza, in Malawi. He came to the hospital using a motorbike taxi because he has been experiencing severe pain in his right groin area. Devi farms in order to feed his family, so when he is unable to work, the farm and his family's well-being is jeopardized. He is currently supporting four children, his sister, and his grandmother. Unfortunately, he has been completely unable to work for the past several weeks due to the pain caused from an inguinal hernia; a condition easily treated surgically. For $613, Devi will have hernia repair surgery. Assuming a successful operation, Devi will be cured and is expected to make a full recovery. "I'm hoping to get back to my job so I can continue to provide for my family," says Devi.
Fredrick is a 29-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his parents and helps support them with the small profits he makes from selling Irish potatoes. Eighteen months ago, Fredrick started experiencing abdominal pain associated with an inguinal hernia. He was unable to seek medical treatment until now. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. The protrusion presents as a painful bulge in the groin, and the pain increases with coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects. Without treatment, Fredrick is at risk of intestinal obstruction or strangulation, which can be life-threatening. For $613, Fredrick will undergo hernia repair surgery. During the procedure, surgeons push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Funding for Fredrick also covers the costs of three days of hospital care, including blood tests and medicine, as well as travel and meals for Fredrick and two caregivers. Fredrick is very excited about his hernia repair, and he is optimistic that everything will go well.
Delifa is a 35-year-old woman from the Central Region village of Tsachiti in Malawi. Delifa and her husband have a small farm, and together they have three young children. When not helping her husband with their farm, Delifa does normal household duties, such as cooking and washing. When not working, she enjoys quiet time with her children. Two months ago, Delifa developed an umbilical hernia, which has caused her weakness and pain. She went to our medical partner's hub at Nkhoma Hospital. This is where she learned that she will need to get her hernia repaired to help ease her pain. Her treatment is scheduled for February 9. However, her family cannot afford this procedure. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to help fund the repair. Delifa's family is very happy that due to Watsi she will receive treatment and go on to live a full and normal life.
Madalitso is a farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. He has three children, and in his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and watching football in a yard nearby his house. He also operates a small business, which he is excited to return to. For three years, Madalitso has experienced discomfort as the result of an inguinal hernia. Until now, he has been unable to access surgical treatment to repair it. $327 will allow Madalitso to undergo surgery and receive hospital care, medication, and follow up treatment. Madalitso and his family are very happy and grateful for him to receive this much needed operation.
Lembetsani is from a village in Malawi's Central Region, where he lives with his wife, near their two children and two grandchildren. He works as a carpenter to support his family, and collects firewood daily to cook with. In his free time, he goes to the soccer field near his house and watches games. For the past two years, Lembetsani has been experiencing pain and swelling due to an inguinal hernia. A hernia occurs when an organ protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it. Hernias can caused pain and, if not treated, lead to strangulation of the affected organs. Because of his hernia, Lembetsani has been unable to work or participate in other activities. For $327, he'll receive surgery to repair the hernia, alleviating his symptoms. Lembetsani and his family are looking forward to the opportunity for him to receive surgery to repair the hernia. He is excited to return home and get back to his job and his life.
Sungani is a 74-year-old farmer from central Malawi. He and his wife live close to their four adult children and six grandchildren. In his free time, Sungani enjoys chatting with his friends. For the past two years, Sungani has been experiencing pain due to an umbilical hernia. The pain has interfered with Sungani's ability to work and perform other daily tasks. An umbilical hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles, presenting as a soft swelling or bulge near the navel (umbilicus). In some cases, the hernia can be gently pushed back into the abdomen. However, in other cases, a segment of the intestine or abdominal fat becomes trapped in the hernia and cannot slide back into the abdomen. Without treatment, blood supply to the tissue may be reduced, causing severe complications. Until now, Sungani has been unable to receive quality treatment to repair his hernia. For $327, Sungani will undergo hernia repair. During the surgery, the doctor will push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Funding for Sungani also covers the costs of a six-day hospital stay, pain medicine, blood tests, and one follow-up consultation after surgery. Sungani and his family look forward to his return to his normal daily life, pain-free. Let's help make that happen!
Manuel is a 30-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi. He lives with his wife and their one child. When Manuel is not busy farming, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his friends. For the past year, Manuel has been experiencing pain from an inguinal hernia. This condition is easily treated surgically, but he has been unable to access treatment. The pain made it difficult for Manuel to work, jeopardizing his family's well-being. Fortunately, Manuel underwent hernia repair surgery on August 30. He needs help to fund this $327 procedure. Manuel and his wife are looking forward to his return home. "I hope to be free from the pain," Manuel shares.