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

  • $541 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Judith's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.
September 6, 2018

Judith underwent gynecological surgery.

She will be able to return to farming and caring for her family again.

She says, “Thank you so much for helping me and my family!”

She will be able to return to farming and caring for her family again. She says, "Thank you so much for helping me and my family!"...

August 22, 2018

Judith is a mother of five from Malawi. She spends her days with her new baby and four other children, working on the family farm. She enjoys praying and studying the Bible in her free time.

Since last year, Judith has been experiencing burning pain in the 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 Judith’s surgery. On August 23, 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 excited to receive free surgery and looks forward to increased strength after recovery.

She says, “Farming will be easier once I am healthy again. Thank you for this program!”

Judith is a mother of five from Malawi. She spends her days with her new baby and four other children, working on the family farm. She enjoy...

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Judith's Timeline

  • August 22, 2018

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

  • August 23, 2018

    Judith 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.

  • August 25, 2018

    Judith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 06, 2018

    Judith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018

    Judith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Judith's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Min lives with his wife, son, and daughter in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. He moved from Burma to Thailand nine months ago in search of better job opportunities. His daughter is still too young to go to school and his wife and son work as day laborers on a farm, each earning 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. Min had to stop working with his wife and son three months ago because of his condition. Their monthly household income of 3,000 baht (approx. 100 USD) is not enough to cover their daily expenses. Sometimes, they have to borrow money from their relatives to meet their basic needs. Four years ago, Min used to work as a construction worker in Bangkok. One day, he started to experience pain in the left side of his abdomen. He went to a clinic twice and was diagnosed with a kidney stone in his left kidney after receiving an ultrasound. The doctor told him that he would need to undergo laser treatment at a hospital to break up the stone. The next day, Min went to a hospital in Bangkok. He received another ultrasound and underwent laser treatment which he did not have to pay for because he had health insurance at that time. When he returned for his follow-up appointment, he underwent another round of laser treatment, followed by more oral medications to take home. Min was not able to return to the hospital because his father passed away before his next appointment and he had to go back to Burma for the funeral. Before he had a chance to return to Bangkok, his mother also passed away. After spending money on the two funerals, Min did not have enough money to return to Bangkok. He moved back in with his wife and children and started working as a day laborer on a farm with his wife in their village. In May 2019, Min started experiencing pain again in his left lower abdomen. He would also pass small stones about twice a month while urinating. He went to a clinic where he received oral medication as well as an ultrasound. The doctor told him that he has a stone in his left kidney as well as small stones in his urethra. Min went back to the same clinic several times for his follow-up appointments, where he received oral medication each time for his abdominal pain. By September 2019, he was feeling much better and was no longer in pain. He was also no longer passing stones when urinating. Min then stopped going back to the clinic and stopped taking medication. Later in December 2019, Min and his family moved to their current home in Thailand and in May 2020, the pain in Min’s lower abdomen returned. He has pain when urinating and has started to pass small stones again about every two weeks. He went to a local hospital in the beginning of May with his wife, and he received an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that he now has stones in both of his kidneys in addition to a bladder stone. The doctor referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for treatment, but his family was not able to afford the estimated cost so he returned home. At home, Min told his friend about his condition and his lack of funds to pay for it. His friend told him to seek help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and with Watsi's Medical Parter Burma Children Medical Fund. Surgery is now scheduled for August 14th. Min shared, “I had to sell my phone to pay for my treatment [the ultrasounds and oral medications] and my transportation when I sought treatment. For the past few days, we don’t have enough rice and we also don’t have any money to buy more food. So we have to eat rice porridge. I feel so sad for my family.”

81% funded

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