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Success! Austin from Malawi raised $726 for prostate surgery.

Austin
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Fully funded
Austin's treatment was fully funded on October 12, 2016.

Photo of Austin post-operation

October 28, 2016

Austin received successful prostate surgery.

Austin is very happy to return home to his large family and continue farming. Finally, Austin will be free of the pain that he has experienced for the past four years. His family is relieved that his surgery went well and excited to have him home.

“I am now feeling much better,” Austin shared post-surgery.

Austin is very happy to return home to his large family and continue farming. Finally, Austin will be free of the pain that he has experienc...

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September 1, 2016

Austin is a 95-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi. He has nine children and 30 grandchildren, who he loves spending time with when he isn’t farming. When he is not on the farm or with his family, Austin likes to stay at home and do things around the house.

Four years ago, Austin started experiencing symptoms from a benign enlargement of his prostate. He has been in a lot of pain and has been unable to work due to the symptoms. This condition is easily treated surgically, but the surgery is very hard to access in Malawi, especially on a farmer’s wages. Luckily for Austin, he will be receiving a prostatectomy at a high quality hospital. His treatment costs $726, and includes all post-operative care.

Austin knows that he needs the surgery, and is looking forward to the result. He will be happy to be free from the pain he has lived with for years.

Austin is a 95-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi. He has nine children and 30 grandchildren, who he loves spending time with when he ...

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Austin's Timeline

  • September 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Austin received 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.

  • September 15, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Austin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 12, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Austin's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Austin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $726 for Austin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$231
Supplies
$0
Labs
$3
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The primary condition treated with this surgery is benign overgrowth of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Patients generally present with urinary symptoms, including difficulty or inability to pass urine, urination frequency, passing very small amounts of urine, or passing urine very slowly. Some patients experience pain when trying to pass urine.

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

Most Malawians live in rural areas, and a large percentage of them work as farmers. This is also true of our medical partner's patient population. When men are experiencing symptoms related to BPH, they often have a hard time working on their farms. They are therefore unable to support themselves and their families. Before receiving surgery, many men will have a catheter placed, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Additionally, using a catheter for a prolonged period of time can lead to infection or trauma to the area.

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

Although experiencing symptoms associated with BPH is not commonly viewed as taboo within our medical partner's patient population, it is rarely discussed. Men can feel embarrassment about the condition and the impact it has on their lives. Some men experience psychological effects from the condition.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The standard treatment is a prostate resection, which is a fairly standard procedure. After the surgery, the patient will use a catheter for 14 days. Once the catheter is removed and the patient can pass urine freely, they can be discharged.

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

If the treatment goes smoothly, it is expected that healthy patients will make a full recovery and not relapse.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, the risks associated with a prostate resection are very low. However, as the patient population tends to be of older age, it is common that patients have other underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure. Patients who are candidates for this surgery are screened and monitored carefully. If a patient is found to have another health condition that could jeopardize their health during or after the surgery, that condition is addressed first.

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?

Drugs can be used to relieve symptoms for a short period of time, but ultimately, surgery is the only treatment.

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Milka works as a house helper in Kenya. She is a mother of two children, now aged 29 and 20 years. Milka dropped out of school when she was younger after a short illness that required her to be admitted to a hospital. Afterward, she went to take care of an elderly man and she still has this job now. Milka has lived with him as she raised her children.They all live in a 2-bedroom house. She has a cow that helps her get milk to provide for them. For seven years, Milka has been experiencing troubling symptoms and abdominal pain. She went to a hospital in western part of Kenya in 2020 seeking medication where an ultrasound was done. The hospital referred her to another hospital for further care. However, she was unable to go to the hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Milka's condition has made it difficult for her to attend to her normal duties as a mother and a house help. She came to our partner's hospital seeking medical care after hearing about it on the radio. She was reviewed by the gynecologist who recommended surgery to heal her fibroid and ovarian cyst. She has been diagnosed with leiomyoma of uterus. Milka needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $918 to fund Milka's surgery. On November 16th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Milka will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Milka says,”I will be glad when I get back to normal. The pain has been very uncomfortable making life difficult. My hope is to get treated and be well again.”

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