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

Violet
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Violet's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2019.
February 6, 2019

Violet underwent hernia repair surgery.

She is feeling well and looks forward to returning home.

She says, “I am so grateful for this support, thank you so much!”

She is feeling well and looks forward to returning home. She says, "I am so grateful for this support, thank you so much!"...

January 30, 2019

Violet is a mother of six from Malawi. She lives with her husband and spends her free time farming, attending church, and chatting with friends.

For three years, Violet has had a right inguinal hernia. She went to several different hospitals near her home town, none of which could help her. She has been waiting for three years to resolve this condition so she can return to caring for her family. Fortunately, on January 31, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Violet’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. She is looking forward to returning to farming and would like to also start her own business when she is feeling better.

She says, “I am excited because better health will help me return to my village and work harder!”

Violet is a mother of six from Malawi. She lives with her husband and spends her free time farming, attending church, and chatting with frie...

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Violet's Timeline

  • January 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Violet was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine.

  • January 30, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Violet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 31, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Violet 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.

  • February 6, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Violet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 2, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Violet's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Violet'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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55%funded
$655raised
$530to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Prince

Prince is a 5-year-old and the youngest of three children. His father works at a construction site to help provide income for his family. In early February, Prince was on the school bus when the bus ran into a nearby shop. Prince was trapped between seats and became injured. He was rushed to a nearby health facility for first aid and underwent surgery. Two weeks later, he was referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital for review. Prince then underwent a debridement and skin graft procedure in mid-February. Currently, Prince cannot walk and attend school, which is affecting his ability to move up in grades this year. Prince’s first two surgeries were paid for using his parent’s medical coverage, but the medical insurer turned down the current request for the surgery Prince needs to heal. Prince’s family shared that their trips to the hospital have exhausted their savings. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Prince receive treatment. On May 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. This surgery will address any risks of infection so that Prince’s leg can heal and he can walk again and resume his studies. AMH is requesting $1,185 to help to fund this procedure. Prince’s father said, “Prince has missed school since February. He was supposed to graduate to grade one, but due to the injuries, he did not. He needs this surgery so that he can be able to walk again.”

55% funded

55%funded
$655raised
$530to go