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Success! Lekeleni from Malawi raised $541 to fund gynecological surgery.

Lekeleni
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
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$0
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Fully funded
Lekeleni's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Lekeleni post-operation

May 13, 2019

Lekeleni underwent gynecological surgery.

She is feeling fine after the surgery and looks forward to returning to work normally as she did before. Her family is relieved that the surgery was successful and that she will be fine.

She is feeling fine after the surgery and looks forward to returning to work normally as she did before. Her family is relieved that the sur...

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May 1, 2019

Lekeleni is a single mother of five from Malawi. She lives alone but enjoys going to church in her free time. She has four small grandchildren.

Since June of last year, Lekeleni has been experiencing a swollen abdomen. 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 Lekeleni’s surgery. On May 2, 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 says, “I am really looking forward to being fine so that I can live well and continue working again.”

Lekeleni is a single mother of five from Malawi. She lives alone but enjoys going to church in her free time. She has four small grandchildr...

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Lekeleni's Timeline

  • May 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lekeleni 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 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lekeleni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 13, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lekeleni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lekeleni's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Lekeleni'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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Gibson

Gibson is a young playful boy from Being the firstborn in a family of two, he loves helping his mother around the kitchen and playing football. When he was two years old, Gibson suffered extensive burns on his left upper body after hot boiling beans spilt on him while playing with his friend in the kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and spent a long time healing. He healed with contractures on his left axilla and had a partial burn contracture release. The surgical site developed infections and he had skin grafting done but unfortunately failed and had a repeat surgery. He was reviewed by visiting surgeons and had skin flap surgery recommended to allow blood circulation. Without treatment, Gibson will be at risk of long term complications on his left hand.Gibson's parents are peasant farmers who rely on the few harvests they get to make ends meet. They are not able to consolidate sufficient funds for their child's surgery. The appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gibson receive treatment. On September 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once treated, he will be able to stretch his hand with ease and reduce further infections on the wound. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Gibson’s father says, “The doctors have advised on one more surgery to make my son even better but am unable to afford the cost, if it’s possible kindly help us.”

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