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Success! Andrew from Malawi raised $575 to fund hernia repair surgery so he can return to work.

Andrew
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Fully funded
Andrew's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Andrew post-operation

December 29, 2021

Andrew underwent hernia repair surgery so he can return to work.

Andrew underwent an inguinal hernia repair and his procedure was a success! He’s now back home and feeling much better. Andrew was grateful that now he will be free from pain and discomfort, and will be able to do all the work that he was unable to do before. He intends to start working in a maize mill and has new confidence that he’ll now be more energetic to work hard and send his children to good schools. Andrew was very grateful and excited that the hernia was finally repaired.

Andrew said, “Things are just falling in good places for me. I just got a call that I was successful in the interviews I had done for a job as a maize mill operator and it will be great to work without disturbances of hernia pains. I am grateful to the donors.”

Andrew underwent an inguinal hernia repair and his procedure was a success! He's now back home and feeling much better. Andrew was grateful ...

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October 22, 2021

Andrew is a 32-year-old, energetic businessman from Malawi who is married with two sons. He sells fish in a nearby market and lives with his family in a rented 2-bedroom house. His wife is a homemaker, and his children are students in primary school.

While selling fish at the market last year, Andrew experienced sharp pain and swelling that slowly decreased but soon became a recurring experience. He visited a traditional healer and then the local health center, where he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and referred to the hospital for surgical review. Andrew was placed on a long surgery waitlist, but when the pain became so severe that he could no longer work, his sister informed him about the care center with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH).

Surgeons at AMH confirmed Andrew’s diagnosis of an inguinal hernia, which is a condition that occurs when the intestines or fat from the abdomen protrudes through the abdominal wall. Complications can include bowel obstruction and strangulation, which may be fatal if not surgically repaired. Fortunately, on October 26th, Andrew will undergo reparative surgery. AMH is requesting $575 to help fund this procedure, which is also subsidized by Andrew’s co-pay that he was able to gather.

Andrew is hopeful that surgery will significantly improve his quality of life and reduce his pain and discomfort. He shared, “I hope that I will be able to concentrate on my business after the surgery. I want to see my children excel in school, and I need to provide for them.”

Andrew is a 32-year-old, energetic businessman from Malawi who is married with two sons. He sells fish in a nearby market and lives with his...

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Andrew's Timeline

  • October 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Andrew was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Andrew received treatment at Partners in Hope Medical Center 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 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Andrew's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Andrew's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Andrew's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $575 for Andrew's treatment
Hospital Fees
$122
Medical Staff
$251
Medication
$3
Supplies
$102
Labs
$19
Other
$78
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the lower abdominal wall, usually for one of two reasons. The first is a congenital abnormality in which the tissues did not close. The second is excessive stress in an adult, often due to heavy physical labor or pregnancy. Patients experience a bulge or lump in the affected area. The hernia may cause the patient to feel pain, discomfort, weakness, pressure, and sensations of heaviness or aching. These symptoms are often exacerbated when the patient coughs, bends over, or lifts heavy objects. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms and are only detected during routine medical exams.

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

Patients with uncomplicated hernias may experience only annoyance or discomfort. As the hernia opening expands, the discomfort will increase. Small openings are more likely to trap the intestine, potentially leading to intestinal damage or death.

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

Hernias are common in Africa. People often do very hard physical labor and lift heavy objects. Women tend to have more children than those in developed countries. It is possible that some hernias have infectious or genetic causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgery lasts for three to eight hours, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient will stay in the hospital anywhere from two days to eight weeks, again depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient is continually monitored.

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

Treatment is curative. The chance of intestinal strangulation or bowel obstruction reduces significantly.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Hernia repair is not a high-risk procedure, and it comes with few side effects.

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

Many patients will ignore a hernia until it becomes uncomfortable and seek care at that time. Some people will wear supportive bands or clothing around the waist to prevent the intestine from protruding.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If the hernia is not “stuck,” patients tend to ignore it and adapt to living with it. However, this could lead to future complications.

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