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Success! Reginald from Malawi raised $733 to fund prostate resection surgery.

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Reginald's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Reginald post-operation

October 16, 2017

Reginald underwent prostate resection surgery.

Reginald had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Reginald is feeling great and he is ready to go back to his farm and family and live a healthy, happy life.

He says, “I am very relieved to be better. Thank you for your support!”

Reginald had a successful and uncomplicated prostate surgery and he and his family are thrilled with his great outcome. Reginald is feeling ...

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September 4, 2017

This is Reginald, a 77-year-old maize farmer and retired administrator. Reginald lives with his wife of many years in Malawi. He has many hobbies, from reading novels to listening to the radio with his wife. He also loves playing with his grandchildren.

For four years now, Reginald has been suffering from the effects of an enlarged prostate. His symptoms include pain and difficulty urinating. Although there is an operation known as prostate resection that can treat Reginald’s problem, his family cannot afford to pay for it. As a result, he has had to be catheterized in order to deal with his urination problems.

But fortunately, with your help, Reginald will be able to access the surgery that he so urgently needs. For $733, we can sponsor his prostate resection procedure on September 5, as well as his medications, 17-day hospital stay, and follow-up appointment.

Reginald and his family were thrilled to be introduced to Watsi. Let’s help this grandfather achieve the physical comfort that everyone deserves to have in their old age.

This is Reginald, a 77-year-old maize farmer and retired administrator. Reginald lives with his wife of many years in Malawi. He has many ho...

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Reginald's Timeline

  • September 4, 2017

    Reginald was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • September 05, 2017

    Reginald 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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Reginald's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2017

    Reginald's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018

    Reginald's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Reginald's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Gibson is a young playful boy from Being the firstborn in a family of two, he loves helping his mother around the kitchen and playing football. When he was two years old, Gibson suffered extensive burns on his left upper body after hot boiling beans spilt on him while playing with his friend in the kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and spent a long time healing. He healed with contractures on his left axilla and had a partial burn contracture release. The surgical site developed infections and he had skin grafting done but unfortunately failed and had a repeat surgery. He was reviewed by visiting surgeons and had skin flap surgery recommended to allow blood circulation. Without treatment, Gibson will be at risk of long term complications on his left hand.Gibson's parents are peasant farmers who rely on the few harvests they get to make ends meet. They are not able to consolidate sufficient funds for their child's surgery. The appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gibson receive treatment. On September 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once treated, he will be able to stretch his hand with ease and reduce further infections on the wound. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Gibson’s father says, “The doctors have advised on one more surgery to make my son even better but am unable to afford the cost, if it’s possible kindly help us.”

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