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

Christina
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
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$0
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Fully funded
Christina's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2018.
October 24, 2018

Christina underwent gynecological surgery.

Due to this treatment, Christina will be able to continue her work on the farm and with her household chores. Her family is very happy that the surgery was a success.

Due to this treatment, Christina will be able to continue her work on the farm and with her household chores. Her family is very happy that ...

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October 17, 2018

Christina is a farmer and mother to four from Malawi. She enjoys attending church services and spending time with her friends.

Since October 2018, Christina has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. 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 Christina’s surgery. On October 18, 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 happy to be helped by this program, very very happy.”

Christina is a farmer and mother to four from Malawi. She enjoys attending church services and spending time with her friends. Since Octo...

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Christina's Timeline

  • October 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christina 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 24, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christina's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

Solomon is a young boy from Kenya who four months ago was diagnosed with a right undescended testis. This is a condition where testis are not in a scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. Solomon arrived at the hospital today in the company of his mother and grandmother. His mother walks in with a limp and a crutch for support. Solomon is quick to grab a seat for his mother, something that depicts how respectful he is. While giving him a bath recently, Solomon’s mother noticed a slight swell on his groin which was painful. Solomon confessed that it had been there for some time but really never bothered him. Solomon’s mother took him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. Solomon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. The cost of surgery was however way too high for them to cover. Recently, a friend advised that they visit Watsi Partner BethanyKids Kijabe where they could better access financial assistance. The diagnosis has been confirmed and surgery is advised. If not treated, Solomon is at a risk of suffering fertility issues, testicular cancer and/ or inguinal hernia. Solomon is the firstborn of three children and lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. While Kenya has a national health insurance system, his parents have passed difficulties that have led to them to defaulting on NHIF premiums for quite some time--a situation that is common in Kenya. However, the hospital team counseled them on its importance and they promised to try and keep up with the payments. The little savings the family had were exhausted in getting treatment for Solomon’s mother who was involved in an accident sometimes back. Solomon’s father, the sole breadwinner, practices subsistence farming and at times takes up casual farming jobs to sustain his family’s needs. They are therefore appealing for help towards Solomon’s surgical care. Solomon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 30th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Solomon.

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$210raised
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