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Success! Jozitala from Malawi raised $302 to fund hydrocele surgery.

Jozitala
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  • $302 raised, $0 to go
$302
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jozitala's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2018.

Photo of Jozitala post-operation

December 14, 2018

Jozitala underwent hydrocele surgery.

Jozitala looks forward to getting back to work and farming in order to support his family. His sister is so happy that the operation went well.

His sister says, “We are so happy that this organization chose to help us so that Jozitala will be ok. It is a blessing to the family, and we thank you very much!”

Jozitala looks forward to getting back to work and farming in order to support his family. His sister is so happy that the operation went we...

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December 10, 2018

Jozitala is a hard-working farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and six kids. He spends every day working in the fields to feed his family.

Since 2016, Jozitala has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him weakness, pain, and embarrassment, making it difficult to continue working. Fortunately, on December 11, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Jozitala’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay.

He says, “This is a very good program because it helps people to return to good health when they cannot help themselves!”

Jozitala is a hard-working farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and six kids. He spends every day working in the fields to feed his fa...

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Jozitala's Timeline

  • December 10, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jozitala's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jozitala 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.

  • December 14, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jozitala's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 17, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jozitala's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $302 for Jozitala's treatment
Hospital Fees
$196
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$64
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?

Patients will experience scrotal swelling, pain, and discomfort.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients will experience discomfort, pain, and shame. They may be unable to farm or do other work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no regional significance to this condition.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Usually, treatment starts with pain medication only. If the condition sees no improvement, the patient will be referred for more specialized care, which can be provided at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will experience immediate improvement of the swelling and less pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with most surgeries, there is risk to undergoing anesthesia. There are also minor risks of infection or bleeding.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternative hospital is 50 kilometers away. Because a hydrocele is not seen as an emergency condition, patients may experience long delays or have their surgeries postponed. This process can take several weeks or even months.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Painkillers can provide temporary relief, but they will not treat the swelling.

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Philomena

Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.

46% funded

46%funded
$330raised
$378to go

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