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

Nephitali
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  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nephitali's treatment was fully funded on March 17, 2017.

Photo of Nephitali post-operation

March 1, 2017

Nephitali underwent hernia repair surgery.

Nephitali is feeling much better since his hernia repair. He is ready to get back to farming maize and groundnuts.

“I give thanks to Watsi and the members of Nkhoma Hospital,” he says.

Nephitali is feeling much better since his hernia repair. He is ready to get back to farming maize and groundnuts. "I give thanks to Wats...

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January 16, 2017

Nephitali is a 39-year-old farmer from Malawi. When he is not working on his family’s small farm or as a driver, he likes to spend time with his wife and two children and chat with his village friends.

Two months ago, Nephtali began to experience great pain in his abdomen. He developed a swelling in the region and was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work on the farm much more difficult. Nephitali came to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He will undergo surgery on January 17.

“I have no fear of the procedure,” he says. “I am just ready for surgery!”

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and six nights of hospital stay. Once his hernia surgery is complete, Nephitali is expected to make a full recovery and live a normal life.

Nephitali is a 39-year-old farmer from Malawi. When he is not working on his family's small farm or as a driver, he likes to spend time with...

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Nephitali's Timeline

  • January 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nephitali 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.

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nephitali's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nephitali's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nephitali's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $327 for Nephitali'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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