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

Filesi
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Filesi's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Filesi post-operation

July 14, 2017

Filesi underwent hernia repair surgery.

Filesi’s operation was a success and she is feeling much better. She had no complications and is feeling very happy.

She says, “Thank you, Watsi, for helping me.”

Filesi's operation was a success and she is feeling much better. She had no complications and is feeling very happy. She says, "Thank you...

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June 5, 2017

Filesi is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of two from Malawi. Filesi lives with her husband and together they cultivate their land. Filesi is very close to her children and likes to spend her free time with her kids and grandkids.

For the past five years, Filesi has been struggling with an epigastric hernia (in her upper abdomen) as well as an umbilical hernia. These hernias have become progressively worse over time, since the family hasn’t had enough money to pay for the surgeries.

On June 6, Filesi will undergo surgery to repair both hernias. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund the total cost of the procedure.

After her procedure, Filesi will be able to go back to her normal life and resume daily activities without pain and discomfort.

Filesi is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of two from Malawi. Filesi lives with her husband and together they cultivate their land. Filesi ...

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Filesi's Timeline

  • June 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Filesi was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine.

  • June 6, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Filesi received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital 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 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Filesi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Filesi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Filesi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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