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Success! Mercy from Malawi raised $541 to fund gynecological surgery.

Mercy
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mercy's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2019.
January 29, 2020

Mercy underwent gynecological surgery.

We are happy to share that Mercy had an operation to remove the ovarian cysts which were causing her much pain. This operation saved her life from risk of complications due to the cysts and she has been able to return to her normal household work, especially caring for her young child.

“She is so appreciative of this assistance and so happy to return to good health!”

We are happy to share that Mercy had an operation to remove the ovarian cysts which were causing her much pain. This operation saved her lif...

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May 30, 2019

Mercy is a young mother from Malawi. She lives with her baby, another child, and her grandmother. Since last month, Mercy has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Mercy’s surgery. On May 30, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay.

Mercy is a young mother from Malawi. She lives with her baby, another child, and her grandmother. Since last month, Mercy has been experienc...

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Mercy's Timeline

  • May 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 30, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mercy 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.

  • June 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mercy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 07, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mercy's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 29, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mercy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Mercy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$329
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$160
Supplies
$0
Travel
$7
Labs
$13
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience abdominal pain, abdominal distention, and fluid accumulation (ascites) in the abdominal cavity.

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

Patients experience discomfort and pain. If the cyst is cancerous, the condition could be cancerous.

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

There is no specific regional significance to this condition.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Usually, treatment starts with pain medication only. If there is no improvement, the patient will be referred for more specialized care. An ultrasound will be done to exclude other possible reasons for abdominal distention and to determine the size of the cyst. It will also identify possible cancer cysts in some cases.

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

Patients will experience immediate improvement of distention and less pain. If the cyst is cancerous, treatment can be life-saving.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with most surgeries, risks include anesthetic risk, bleeding, and infection.

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

The nearest alternative treatment center is 50 kilometers away, and very often there are long delays before patients are helped. A patient will present with symptoms and undergo an ultrasound, and surgery will be planned. This process usually takes weeks and can take several months.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The only alternative is pain relief drugs, but the cyst will continue to cause discomfort.

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