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Success! Lyness from Malawi raised $327 to fund hernia surgery.

Lyness
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  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lyness's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2017.

Photo of Lyness post-operation

February 14, 2017

Lyness underwent successful hernia surgery.

Lyness is very happy that her surgery was a success. She is excited to return home with no pain.

“I am going home with no complaints,” she says, “and I give thanks to Watsi for paying the bill.”

Lyness is very happy that her surgery was a success. She is excited to return home with no pain. "I am going home with no complaints," s...

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December 21, 2016

Lyness is a 46-year-old soybean farmer from a village in Malawi. She is a widow who lives with her six children and five grandchildren. In her free time, Lyness enjoys talking and laughing with her children. She also loves singing with her friends.

Three years ago, Lyness developed a painful hernia, which prevented her from living her normal life. Her family could not afford surgery, so Lyness lived with the pain for three years. Fortunately, she recently visited our medical partner’s hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. She underwent a hernia repair procedure on December 22. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund this surgery.

Lyness and her family are thrilled that she will return to her farm and family pain-free.

“Thank you so much!” says Lyness.

Lyness is a 46-year-old soybean farmer from a village in Malawi. She is a widow who lives with her six children and five grandchildren. In h...

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Lyness's Timeline

  • December 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lyness 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 31, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lyness's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lyness's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lyness's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $327 for Lyness's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
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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$25raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Komugisha

Komugisha is a 46-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Her oldest is 21 years old and her youngest is 14 years old and in secondary school. Komugisha is a second wife to her husband who is a casual laborer at national teachers’ college in Uganda. She shared that he offers minimal support to her and their children so Komugisha stays with her parents. In 2006, Komugisha had a c-section delivery for her last born and said that she has been in pain and had challenges since that time. Due to severe pain, she has stopped her usual duties of managing her small bar and hotel and currently stays home feeling helpless, she says. She came to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, Komugisha presented with a long-standing history of lower abdominal pains and reports to have several treatments with no improvement. If not treated, severe lower abdominal pains will continue to affect her quality of life negatively. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Komugisha's surgery. On October 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Komugisha says, “I pray that I may get the required treatment soon because I am in severe pain; I can no longer carry out my survival duties normally. Given the opportunity, I will resume my small hotel and bar as soon as possible.”

10% funded

10%funded
$25raised
$203to go