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Success! Zebra from Malawi raised $302 to fund a hydrocele repair.

Zebra
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  • $302 raised, $0 to go
$302
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zebra's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Zebra post-operation

June 16, 2017

Zebra underwent a hydrocele repair.

Zebra had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is now feeling much better. Zebra and his family are thrilled with his great outcome and prognosis, and he is ready to get back to his normal activities.

Zebra had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is now feeling much better. Zebra and his family are thrilled with his great outcome an...

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May 3, 2017

Zebra is a 76-year-old Malawian man. He lives with his wife, and they have eight children and eleven grandchildren. Zebra’s children tend to the family farm, and he spends most of his days fetching firewood. He especially loves spending time with his grandchildren and telling them stories.

Three weeks ago, Zebra started having severe swelling in his groin, and he was diagnosed with a hydrocele, which can be easily repaired with surgery. Zebra went to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where he learned that he will need surgery on May 4. Our medical partner is requesting $302 in funding.

Zebra is excited to have his surgery, and his family is very happy that he will soon be back with them and in better health.

“I have hope for a great operation. Thank you, Watsi,” says Zebra.

Zebra is a 76-year-old Malawian man. He lives with his wife, and they have eight children and eleven grandchildren. Zebra's children tend to...

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Zebra's Timeline

  • May 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zebra 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 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zebra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zebra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zebra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $302 for Zebra'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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