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Success! Gladson from Malawi raised $733 to fund prostate surgery.

Gladson
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  • $733 raised, $0 to go
$733
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$0
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Fully funded
Gladson's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2017.

Photo of Gladson post-operation

April 11, 2017

Gladson underwent prostate surgery.

Gladson had a successful and uneventful prostate surgery. He is already feeling so much better than before.

He says, “God is good! He has saved my life! Thanks to Watsi for paying my bill.”

Gladson had a successful and uneventful prostate surgery. He is already feeling so much better than before. He says, "God is good! He has...

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March 8, 2017

Gladson is a 59-year-old man who lives with his wife in central Malawi. He works as a small-scale farmer and also runs a small business selling dried fish. He and his wife have seven children and five grandchildren.

Since November, Gladson has had difficulty urinating. This problem has made working difficult for Gladson. At a visit to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, it was discovered that he has an enlarged prostate—known as benign prostatic hyperplasia—and will need an operation.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition in older men due to hormonal changes. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets larger, it squeezes the urethra, causing urinary dysfunction.

Treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia is an operation—transurethral resection of the prostate—in which doctors insert an instrument into the urethra to remove the part of the prostate that is blocking urine flow.

Gladson cannot afford this surgery without the help of Watsi and our medical partner, World Altering Medicine. $733 pays for Gladson’s operation, transportation to and from the hospital, 17 nights in the hospital, lab tests, and medicine. Gladson is currently scheduled for surgery on March 9.

Gladson and his family are very excited for him to get his operation and go back to a healthy, normal life.

Gladson is a 59-year-old man who lives with his wife in central Malawi. He works as a small-scale farmer and also runs a small business sell...

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Gladson's Timeline

  • March 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gladson was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine.

  • March 9, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gladson 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.

  • March 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gladson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gladson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 21, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gladson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Gladson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$231
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?

The primary condition treated with this surgery is benign overgrowth of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Patients generally present with urinary symptoms, including difficulty or inability to pass urine, urination frequency, passing very small amounts of urine, or passing urine very slowly. Some patients experience pain when trying to pass urine.

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

Most Malawians live in rural areas, and a large percentage of them work as farmers. This is also true of our medical partner's patient population. When men are experiencing symptoms related to BPH, they often have a hard time working on their farms. They are therefore unable to support themselves and their families. Before receiving surgery, many men will have a catheter placed, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Additionally, using a catheter for a prolonged period of time can lead to infection or trauma to the area.

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

Although experiencing symptoms associated with BPH is not commonly viewed as taboo within our medical partner's patient population, it is rarely discussed. Men can feel embarrassment about the condition and the impact it has on their lives. Some men experience psychological effects from the condition.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The standard treatment is a prostate resection, which is a fairly standard procedure. After the surgery, the patient will use a catheter for 14 days. Once the catheter is removed and the patient can pass urine freely, they can be discharged.

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

If the treatment goes smoothly, it is expected that healthy patients will make a full recovery and not relapse.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, the risks associated with a prostate resection are very low. However, as the patient population tends to be of older age, it is common that patients have other underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure. Patients who are candidates for this surgery are screened and monitored carefully. If a patient is found to have another health condition that could jeopardize their health during or after the surgery, that condition is addressed first.

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?

Drugs can be used to relieve symptoms for a short period of time, but ultimately, surgery is the only treatment.

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72% funded

72%funded
$1,082raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Myo

Myo is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents in a village in Karen State. His mother is a homemaker who is currently eight months pregnant. His father is a subsistence farmer, but he also works as a day laborer to earn money. Myo is in grade six and he enjoys playing football in his free time. Two years ago, Myo developed a pain in his arm which he noticed while playing football with his friends. Right away he was in a lot of pain, but his arm did not look broken. At first, the pain lessened, but gradually the pain worsened and his upper left forearm became swollen. Myo could also feel a mass under the swollen area of his left forearm. Myo and his father went to Chiang Mai Hospital, where he received a MRI and other tests, as well as a biopsy which confirmed that the tumor in his forearm was cancer. Now he needs surgery to remove the tumor, and he will need a chemo after surgery. The enlarged mass in Myo's left forearm has not increased in size, and only causes him pain when he lifts something heavy or when he does any physical activity with that arm such as washing his clothes or cleaning. Although he can take a shower by himself, using only his right arm makes it challenging. When he plays with his friends, he needs to protect his left forearm to prevent getting hurt. Myo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on December 8th, and his family needs help funding the $1,500 cost to cover his procedure and care. He said, “I feel sorry for my mother and I pity her that she has to stay alone with the new baby. I also feel sad that I cannot go to school this year. I want to recover quickly and go back to see my brother and mother.”

72% funded

72%funded
$1,082raised
$418to go