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Success! Manfred from Malawi raised $742 for prostate surgery.

Manfred
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Fully funded
Manfred's treatment was fully funded on June 24, 2016.

Photo of Manfred post-operation

July 27, 2016

Manfred underwent pain-relieving prostate surgery.

After a successful prostate resection, Manfred will be able to continue his daily routine without the use of a catheter. During the surgery, excess tissues were resected, removing the blockage of the urethra that had caused his pain. Before his operation, Manfred was having trouble working; now, he will be able to return to his farm and support his family.

“I am eager to resume all of my farming activities,” Manfred said, “but for now I am doing some small house chores.” With time, he will make a full, pain-free recovery.

After a successful prostate resection, Manfred will be able to continue his daily routine without the use of a catheter. During the surgery,...

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May 30, 2016

This is Manfred, a grandfather from Malawi. He has six children and 21 grandchildren. Some of his family live nearby while others have moved away.

Ever since October of last year, he has experienced painful urinary symptoms. Manfred suffers from benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition leads to swelling of the prostate gland, partially blocking the urethra. The pain has limited his ability to operate the family farm and to build a house.

Watsi’s medical partner, World Altering Medicine, can provide Manfred with the surgical necessities, medications, and respite to resect a portion of the prostate. $742 in funding will cover all surgical expenses to remove excess tissue and treat prostate enlargement. After this surgery, Manfred will no longer need to worry about any prostrate-related pain.

“Since I’m going to become well once the operation is done, I’m a happy person for that,” Manfred said.

This is Manfred, a grandfather from Malawi. He has six children and 21 grandchildren. Some of his family live nearby while others have moved...

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Manfred's Timeline

  • May 30, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Manfred was submitted by Sadie Bazur-Leidy, Director of Operations at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • May 31, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Manfred 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.

  • June 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Manfred's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Manfred's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Manfred's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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