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March 18, 2019

Thomas is a watchman who takes care of his wife and children from Malawi. For six months, Thomas has had a left inguinal hernia. He experiences a lot of pain, which makes him unable to work. Fortunately, on March 19, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Thomas’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay.

He says, “My family is relived that we have found help for surgery through this program. Many, many thanks!”

Thomas is a watchman who takes care of his wife and children from Malawi. For six months, Thomas has had a left inguinal hernia. He experien...

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Thomas's Timeline

  • March 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thomas was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • March 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thomas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 21, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thomas 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.

  • March 28, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Thomas's treatment update from World Altering Medicine.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Thomas is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Thomas'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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