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Innocent from Malawi raised $327 for hernia repair surgery.

Innocent
100%
  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Innocent's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.
October 28, 2016

Innocent did not receive surgery as planned.

Unfortunately, Innocent and his family did not arrive at Nkhoma Hospital on the scheduled surgery date. This can happen for a number of reasons, and Innocent’s family knows he will be re-eligible for Watsi funding if they return.

Unfortunately, Innocent and his family did not arrive at Nkhoma Hospital on the scheduled surgery date. This can happen for a number of reas...

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September 26, 2016

Innocent is a six-year-old boy from a village in Malawi, where he lives with his mother. He loves playing outside with his friends and going to school.

For three years, Innocent has had an inguinal (groin) hernia, where soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. He has not been able to access treatment for his hernia, which causes pain and decreases his energy. This makes it hard for him to participate in school.

Innocent and his family have known others to undergo hernia repairs so they do not feel afraid. They are ready for him to have the surgery and feel better. $327 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Innocent needs.

Innocent is a six-year-old boy from a village in Malawi, where he lives with his mother. He loves playing outside with his friends and going...

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Innocent's Timeline

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Innocent was submitted by Sadie Bazur-Leidy, Director of Operations at World Altering Medicine.

  • September 27, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Innocent was scheduled to receive treatment at Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi. 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 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Innocent's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 28, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Innocent is no longer raising funds.

  • October 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Innocent's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $327 for Innocent's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
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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