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Success! Imedi from Malawi raised $334 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Imedi
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Imedi's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Imedi post-operation

January 4, 2018

Imedi underwent hernia repair surgery.

Imedi had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair surgery, and he and his family are thrilled with his positive outcome. Imedi is feeling much better already, and he is looking forward to going home with his family, farming, and enjoying a pain-free life.

Imedi had a successful and uncomplicated hernia repair surgery, and he and his family are thrilled with his positive outcome. Imedi is feeli...

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November 29, 2017

Imedi is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they run their small farm with their children and grandchildren. He spends his days fetching firewood and spending quiet time chatting with his wife and grandchildren.

Since 2014, Imedi has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes Imedi much pain and has made it impossible for him to continue actively farming. Fortunately, on November 30, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Imedi’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Imedi was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to actively working his fields and being pain-free.

He says, “Thank you for the support.”

Imedi is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they run their small farm with their children and grandchildren. He spends his da...

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Imedi's Timeline

  • November 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Imedi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Imedi 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 04, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Imedi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Imedi's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Imedi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
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?

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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