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Cathereen is a woman from Malawi who needs $334 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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February 5, 2018

Cathereen is mother of three from Malawi. Cathereen lives with her mother-in-law, and she spends her days caring for her young children and helping her mother-in-law with household duties. In her free time, Cathereen likes to attend her local church with her family and play with her kids.

Since the birth of her third child, Cathereen has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes discomfort and keeps Cathereen from being able to function as well as she needs to in her daily life. Fortunately, on February 6, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Cathereen’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Cathereen was thrilled to find out her surgery would be funded.

She says, “I was so worried. I had no money and I didn’t know what I would do. Now I am relieved and so happy!”

Cathereen is mother of three from Malawi. Cathereen lives with her mother-in-law, and she spends her days caring for her young children and ...

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Cathereen's Timeline

  • February 5, 2018

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

  • February 05, 2018

    Cathereen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 06, 2018

    Cathereen was scheduled to receive 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.


    Cathereen is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Cathereen's treatment update from World Altering Medicine.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Cathereen's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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