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

Betterland
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  • $733 raised, $0 to go
$733
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Betterland's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Betterland post-operation

October 10, 2017

Betterland underwent prostate resection surgery.

Betterland had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Betterland is looking forward to farming his land and being with his family without the pain he was experiencing with his prostate problem.

“I am so happy and thankful,” he says.

Betterland had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Betterland is look...

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August 17, 2017

“Thank you so much for this help,” says Betterland.

Betterland is a 60-year-old man who lives in Malawi with his wife, their children, and their large extended family. A devoted husband, Betterland’s favorite thing to do in his downtime is simply to sit and chat with his wife.

Betterland normally supports his family by working as a small-scale farmer. But since June of this year, Betterland has been unable to farm due to pain associated with an enlarged prostate. Because he cannot work, Betterland has been worried about the family’s finances—and paying for the treatment he needs is, unfortunately, not a possibility for them.

But we can help. By raising $733, we can cover the cost of Betterland’s prostate resection surgery, scheduled for August 17. This fundraising total will also cover the expenses of Betterland’s 17-day hospital stay, medications, and roundtrip transportation to the hospital.

When Betterland and his family learned that he would be able to receive the operation he needs, they were very relieved. Betterland is excited that now he will have this painful problem fixed and he will soon be able to return to farming with his sons.

“Thank you so much for this help,” says Betterland. Betterland is a 60-year-old man who lives in Malawi with his wife, their children, a...

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Betterland's Timeline

  • August 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Betterland was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Betterland 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.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Betterland's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Betterland's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Betterland's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Betterland'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.