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

Filias
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  • $302 raised, $0 to go
$302
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Filias's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2019.

Photo of Filias post-operation

June 4, 2019

Filias underwent hydrocele surgery.

His surgery was successful.

He says, “This has helped very much. I’m very appreciative for the people who do this program! Thank you!!!”

His surgery was successful. He says, "This has helped very much. I'm very appreciative for the people who do this program! Thank you!!!"...

May 27, 2019

Filias is a father of seven from Malawi. He lives with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He works on his farm for a living and enjoys watching football in his free time.

Since 2016, Filias has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The hydrocele is extremely uncomfortable with swelling and increased pain. Fortunately, on May 28, 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 Filias’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay.

He says, “I am expecting to be in good health as before. Many thanks to this project for the assistance!”

Filias is a father of seven from Malawi. He lives with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He works on his farm for a living and enjoys w...

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Filias's Timeline

  • May 27, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 28, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Filias 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.

  • May 28, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Filias's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 04, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Filias's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 07, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Filias's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $302 for Filias'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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67%funded
$658raised
$310to go

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