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Success! Shupe from Malawi raised $575 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Shupe
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$575
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Fully funded
Shupe's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2021.

Photo of Shupe post-operation

July 14, 2021

Shupe underwent hernia repair surgery.

Shupe’s inguinal hernia was successfully repaired under spinal anesthesia. She progressed very well after the procedure and she was happy to be heading home feeling so much better. Shupe is very excited to be finally free from the hernia and its accompanying symptoms that had brought her pain and discomfort for so many years.

Shupe looks forward to being able to do all the things that she was unable to do due to the hernia. She said that once she fully recovers she will resume her business and be able to provide for her two daughters, who are the main motivation for why she lives and works hard. Shupe hopes to be alive to see her daughters going to college.

While being discharged home, Shupe had a bright smile on her face and shares, “When the wound heals I will soon join my children and will resume my vegetable business, I greatly appreciate AMH and Watsi for the support with this surgery.”

Shupe's inguinal hernia was successfully repaired under spinal anesthesia. She progressed very well after the procedure and she was happy to...

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June 2, 2021

Shupe is a 39-year-old mother of two girls, ages 16 and 17. She is very proud of her children who have both been successful in school. She separated from her husband four years ago and has a small business selling tomatoes and vegetables house-to-house.

Last year, Shupe began experiencing pain in her abdomen. She shared that she has been unable to work due to the pain and had difficulty paying her rent. Now, she is staying with her sister while both of her daughters stay at a friend’s house to attend their secondary schools until they pass their exams.

Shupe recently visited a surgeon who confirmed that she has an inguinal hernia and requires hernia repair surgery. If not treated, the hernia will continue to cause her pain, and in rare cases, it could lead to strangulation, cutting off the blood flow to part of her intestines. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Shupe to receive treatment. On June 3rd, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $575 to cover the cost of Shupe’s procedure.

Shupe shared, “I need to be alive to see my children go to college. This hernia and the pain are shattering my hopes, but with this surgery, I can see freedom coming. Much appreciation to Watsi for the support and funding.”

Shupe is a 39-year-old mother of two girls, ages 16 and 17. She is very proud of her children who have both been successful in school. She s...

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Shupe's Timeline

  • June 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shupe was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shupe 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.

  • June 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shupe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shupe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shupe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $575 for Shupe'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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