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Success! Benjamin from Malawi raised $334 to fund hernia repair.

Benjamin
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Benjamin's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2019.

Photo of Benjamin post-operation

October 10, 2017

Benjamin underwent hernia repair.

Benjamin had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Benjamin is looking forward to farming and participating in all of the activities he was unable to before his operation.

“Thank you for this wonderful support,” he says.

Benjamin had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Benjamin is loo...

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August 21, 2017

Benjamin is a 32-year-old man from Malawi. He lives with his wife and their two young children. He works as a farmer in order to support his family.

Recently, Benjamin developed an inguinal hernia. This means that his intestines are protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. This causes him tremendous pain and makes it difficult for him to work. Benjamin underwent surgery at a local health center, but the surgery was performed incorrectly. The operation left him with an infected wound and experiencing more pain than he had before surgery. He came to our medical partner’s care center in search of assistance, and they were able to disinfect his wound. He is now able to undergo surgery to properly fix his hernia.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Benjamin’s operation. He is scheduled for surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, on August 22. After treatment, he will be able to return to his family free of pain.

“Thank you for this support,” Benjamin says.

Benjamin is a 32-year-old man from Malawi. He lives with his wife and their two young children. He works as a farmer in order to support his...

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Benjamin's Timeline

  • August 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Benjamin was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • August 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Benjamin received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital. 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.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Benjamin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Benjamin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 10, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Benjamin's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Benjamin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
Travel
$7
Labs
$3
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia repair is used to treat a number of hernias, including in the abdominal, diaphragmatic, and groin regions. Patients generally present with masses, and occasionally pain. Some patients with intestinal hernias will have difficulty passing stool, experience nausea, and have trouble eating.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Hernias can cause pain. As they advance, patients can experience difficulty eating, which can lead to malnutrition. Occasionally, this condition impacts the patient's ability to work and participate in other daily activities. This can jeopardize a patient's livelihood. This is especially relevant to our medical partner's patient population, as most people have manual jobs, such as farming or transporting goods.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many Malawians, especially those living in rural areas, carry large amounts of weight on a daily basis. Many women transport goods in bins on their heads, and men carry or bicycle heavy loads. This repetitive strain and pressure on the body is linked to the development of hernias.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A hernia repair is a simple surgical procedure that requires only a few days of post-operative monitoring before the patient can be discharged.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery typically results in a full recovery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, risks associated with hernia repairs tend to be very minimal.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the area of our medical partner's treatment center, there is one central, public hospital. That hospital provides surgical services, but barriers exist. A patient requiring a hernia repair could be on a waitlist for years at the central hospital, or be sent home and told to return a number of times. For this reason, treatment can be very difficult to obtain at the public hospital. In addition to our medical partner's treatment center and the central hospital, there are private clinics that would provide this service, but at a high fee. Our medical partner's treatment center, Nkhoma, is a great option for patients because they are able to receive quality treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is possible for patients to manually push the hernia back into place, but this is not a permanent solution. Ultimately, a surgical repair is the best way to mend the surrounding tissue and keep the organ in place.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Kyin

Kyin is a 69-year-old retired teacher who lives with her 31-year-old son and 39-year-old daughter-in-law in Yangon, Burma. As a retired teacher since 2010, Kyin receives 140,000 kyat (approx. 140 USD) per month as part of her pension. She now volunteers as a teacher at a monastic school. Both her son and daughter-in-law work for a company. Kyin has another son who was paralysed in a workplace accident. He used to live with Kyin, but when her health deteriorated and she could no longer care for him, he was moved to a social care centre in Yangon. One day, in March 2016, Kyin was teaching at the monastic school, when suddenly she fainted. A medical emergency team then attended to her. When she felt better, a doctor told her that she might have a heart condition and advised her to see a heart specialist. One month after the incident, she went to a cardiologist at North Okkalapa General Hospital. There, she received an X-ray and an echocardiogram (echo). After checking her results, the doctor told her that she has a heart problem and that she can die if she does not receive appropriate treatment. The doctor prescribed her medication for her heart and told her that she will need to receive surgery if her health deteriorates. Six months ago, when Kyin received another echo and the doctor told her that she needs to receive surgery right away. However, her family could not afford to pay for her surgery. Therefore, the doctor said that he would help find them an organization that could help with paying for her surgery and medication. Currently, Kyin is unable to sleep well at night on her back and she needs to sleep propped up. She often feels tired and has shortness of breath.

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