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Success! Ekelemani from Malawi raised $334 to fund hernia repair.

Ekelemani
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ekelemani's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Ekelemani post-operation

June 15, 2017

Ekelemani underwent hernia repair.

Ekelemani had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair and is feeling great. Ekelemani and his family are thrilled with his outcome, and he is ready to get back to nursing school.

Ekelemani had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair and is feeling great. Ekelemani and his family are thrilled with his outcome, and...

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April 12, 2017

Ekelemani is a 23-year-old nursing student from Malawi. He is a dedicated scholar and spends most of his days in nursing clinics and studying his materials. When not studying, he likes to hang out with his friends and play football.

Three months ago, Ekelemani began to develop pain in his lower abdomen. Upon a visit to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, it was determined that he has an inguinal hernia—a condition in which the intestine bulges through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Doctors recommended a surgical procedure to repair the issue.

“I need this surgery,” Ekelemani says.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to cover the cost of the operation, scheduled for April 13. After surgery, Ekelemani will be able to return to his studies free of pain.

Ekelemani is a 23-year-old nursing student from Malawi. He is a dedicated scholar and spends most of his days in nursing clinics and studyin...

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Ekelemani's Timeline

  • April 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ekelemani 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.

  • April 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ekelemani's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ekelemani's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ekelemani's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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