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Success! Michael from Malawi raised $334 to fund hernia surgery.

Michael
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Michael post-operation

May 4, 2019

Michael underwent hernia surgery.

He is feeling good and looks forward to returning home to work on his farm with renewed strength.

He says, “This program has helped us so much and we thank God because problems can come in life, but help has come also.”

He is feeling good and looks forward to returning home to work on his farm with renewed strength. He says, "This program has helped us so...

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April 30, 2019

Michael is a farmer with six kids from Malawi. He lives with his wife, children, and four grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with friends in his free time.

Since September of last year, Michael has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes swelling on the right side, making it uncomfortable to continue working, while his family depends on him for support. Fortunately, on April 30, he 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 Michael’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. He is happy to be helped through surgery so that he can be completely normal as he was before.

He says, “I thank this project so much for assisting me. I hope that this project can continue to assist others as well. My wish is for this project to continue assisting the needy.”

Michael is a farmer with six kids from Malawi. He lives with his wife, children, and four grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with friends in ...

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Michael's Timeline

  • April 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Michael was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • April 30, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Michael 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.

  • May 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 04, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Michael's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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

Mai is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Lway lives with her parents and two sisters in Northern Shan State. Since she was three years old, Mai has suffered from an enlarged thyroid but her parents were able afford to take her to a clinic only when Mai was in grade seven. By then, the lump on Mai's throat has become noticeable. At the clinic, the doctor examined her neck and prescribed her medication. After a month, although Mai felt like her neck was still in the same size as before, the doctor told her that her goiter had been cured. Three years later, Mai's neck started to grow bigger. Having no money in hand, her parents did not take her any clinics although there was a tightness in her throat and it was uncomfortable for Mai to move her neck to the side. In 2018, Mai was selected to attend a training in Mae Sot. After her training, she was put in for an internship at Mae Tao Clinc (MTC). Through an advice from one of her trainers, Mai went to Mae Sot Hospital, where the doctor examined her and prescribe her medications. After three months of taking the medications, the doctor finally told her that she needed a surgery. Mai looks forward to receiving surgery soon. She plans to go back to her native town and work as an assistant health worker, after she has completed her treatment. Mai said, “When I told my parents that BCMF would provide support for my surgery, they’re very happy. They have been worried for me for a long time already. I would like to say a big thank you to BCMF for supporting my surgery. I’m very excited to be freed from this condition. I have suffered from this goiter for a long time!”

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