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Success! Malaki from Malawi raised $327 to fund a hernia repair.

Malaki
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  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Malaki's treatment was fully funded on April 17, 2017.

Photo of Malaki post-operation

March 1, 2017

Malaki underwent a hernia repair.

Malaki is feeling great since having his surgery. Malaki is back at work and no longer bothered with a hernia.

He says, “I feel very good and thanks to Watsi!”

Malaki is feeling great since having his surgery. Malaki is back at work and no longer bothered with a hernia. He says, "I feel very good...

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January 23, 2017

Malaki is a 59-year-old hospital attendant from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have five children. When not attending to his hospital duties, Malaki likes to farm maize and spend time with his wife.

In July of 2016, Malaki noticed an uncomfortable mass on his chest. The mass began to cause him discomfort, so he traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital. It was discovered that he had an epigastric hernia, which occurs when tissue pushes through the abdominal wall. A repair surgery is scheduled for January 24.

This treatment costs much more than Malaki and his wife can afford, so they were happy to learn about Watsi. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund the treatment.

“Thank you for introducing me to Watsi!” says Malaki.

Malaki is a 59-year-old hospital attendant from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have five children. When not attending to ...

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Malaki's Timeline

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Malaki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Malaki 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 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Malaki's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Malaki's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $327 for Malaki's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Purity

Purity is an adorable seven-month-old baby who was born with spina bifida. She is the youngest of two children in her family. Her parents previously relied on casual labor to support their family, meaning they would pick up work wherever and whenever it was available. However, with jobs currently being so hard to find, they now do small-scale farming to provide for their family. Since she was born, Purity has had a swelling on her lower back. A few days after birth, her parents took her to a nearby facility, where she was examined three times without receiving any help. During the fourth visit, she was referred to another facility in the bigger city of Nakuru. There, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition caused by the spine not properly closing around the spinal cord. After receiving a diagnosis, Purity was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH), for treatment. Last week, Purity's family was finally able to gather enough money to bring her to BKKH for an evaluation. However, due to financial constraints, her family is unable to fund the procedure needed to help her condition. Without treatment, Purity is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is able to help. Purity is scheduled to undergo spina bifida closure surgery on July 7th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Purity's spinal surgery. This procedure will hopefully spare Purity from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Purity’s mother says, “I’m not happy to see my child with this condition. I would really like her to be treated and have a normal life.”

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