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Florence is a young woman from Malawi who needs $541 to fund gynecological surgery.

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May 6, 2019

Florence is a recent graduate from Malawi. She lives with her brother and enjoys chatting with friends in her free time.

Since September of last year, Florence has been experiencing pain, which made it challenging to finish her education. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Florence’s surgery. On May 7, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is so happy to be assisted through this surgery.

She says, “Soon I will be able to do what I could not do before due to health problems. May God bless this program for helping me!”

Florence is a recent graduate from Malawi. She lives with her brother and enjoys chatting with friends in her free time. Since September ...

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Florence's Timeline

  • May 6, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 07, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Florence 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 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Florence's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 13, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Florence's treatment update from World Altering Medicine.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Florence is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Florence's treatment
Hospital Fees
$329
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$160
Supplies
$0
Travel
$7
Labs
$13
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients experience abdominal pain, abdominal distention, and fluid accumulation (ascites) in the abdominal cavity.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients experience discomfort and pain. If the cyst is cancerous, the condition could be cancerous.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is no specific 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 there is no improvement, the patient will be referred for more specialized care. An ultrasound will be done to exclude other possible reasons for abdominal distention and to determine the size of the cyst. It will also identify possible cancer cysts in some cases.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience immediate improvement of distention and less pain. If the cyst is cancerous, treatment can be life-saving.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with most surgeries, risks include anesthetic risk, bleeding, and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternative treatment center is 50 kilometers away, and very often there are long delays before patients are helped. A patient will present with symptoms and undergo an ultrasound, and surgery will be planned. This process usually takes weeks and can take several months.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The only alternative is pain relief drugs, but the cyst will continue to cause discomfort.

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