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Success! Misheck from Malawi raised $733 to fund prostate surgery.

Misheck
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Misheck's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Misheck post-operation

December 7, 2017

Misheck underwent prostate surgery.

Misheck had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his positive outcome. Misheck is feeling much better and he is looking forward to enjoying his family and his life without the pain and discomfort associated with enlarged prostate.

“I am very hopeful and very thankful for your support,” he says.

Misheck had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his positive outcome. Misheck is feeling...

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November 1, 2017

Misheck is a retired farmer from Malawi. Misheck lives with his son. Due to his advanced age, he is no longer able to actively farm, but he enjoys watching and playing with his grandchildren, talking with his adult children, and listening to gospel music on his radio.

Since 2009, Misheck has been experiencing difficulty urinating, pain, and numbness in his lower extremities. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Misheck’s surgery. On November 2, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Misheck and his son, Billy, were thrilled to learn that he would receive his operation.

He says, “We appreciate you extending your hand to help us. There are many who need this operation and Watsi is doing wonderful work!”

Misheck is a retired farmer from Malawi. Misheck lives with his son. Due to his advanced age, he is no longer able to actively farm, but he ...

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Misheck's Timeline

  • November 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Misheck was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine.

  • November 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Misheck's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 8, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Misheck 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.

  • December 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Misheck's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Misheck's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Misheck's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$231
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?

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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U Saw

U Saw is a 48-year-old man who recently had to leave his home in Burma due to conflict in the area and is resettling in Thailand. U Saw used to work as a hairdresser, but it has been challenging to find work since arriving in Thailand. Fortunately, he is living with a few friends who have been able to share money and meals. U Saw shared that in this free time he enjoys playing the piano and listening to audio versions of the Bible. After U Saw arrived in Thailand in early April, the vision in his left eye began to blur. After visiting a local clinic, he was referred to the hospital for a vision and blood test. The doctors prescribed him some medication and recommended he undergo a CT scan to confirm his diagnosis. Currently, U Saw can only make out shapes and shadows with his right eye. While the vision in his left eye is slightly better, his vision in that eye is also becoming blurred. As a result, he has difficulty walking, reading, making out peoples’ faces, and experiences bad headaches. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help U Saw receive treatment. On April 28th, he will undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. BCMF is requesting $414 to cover the cost of U Saw’s CT scan and care. U Saw shared, “I feel upset. I have no income, and I can only eat with the support of my friends’ parents. If I cannot see, I will feel like my life is over. I feel sad when I think about not being able to go home and when I think about my life in the future. I want to be resettled in a third country.”

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