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

Zione
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zione's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2018.

Photo of Zione post-operation

April 13, 2018

Zione underwent gynecological surgery.

Zione had a successful and uncomplicated ovarian cystectomy, and she and her family are thrilled with her positive outcome. Zione is already feeling better, and she is looking forward to again doing the activities and work she was unable to do when she was suffering with her condition.

She says, “I am happy and very thankful to you, Watsi!”

Zione had a successful and uncomplicated ovarian cystectomy, and she and her family are thrilled with her positive outcome. Zione is already...

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February 12, 2018

Zione is mother of two from Malawi. She is a widow who lives with her two children. Zione runs a small farm, and she spends her days caring for her home, farm, and family. In her free time, she likes to go to her local church and worship with her children and family.

Since January, Zione has been experiencing severe abdominal pain and abnormal bleeding. 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 Zione’s surgery. On February 13, 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. Zione was very relieved to find out her procedure would be funded, as she has a limited income and could not afford the surgery.

She says, “Thank you for this support.”

Zione is mother of two from Malawi. She is a widow who lives with her two children. Zione runs a small farm, and she spends her days caring ...

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Zione's Timeline

  • February 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 12, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zione's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zione 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.

  • April 4, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zione's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zione's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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