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Success! Maula from Malawi raised $327 for hernia repair surgery.

Maula
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  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Maula's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.
November 4, 2016

Maula successfully received hernia repair surgery.

Maula is doing great and his surgery was a success! He is currently at home resting with his family. Now that his hernia has been repaired, he is no longer at risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation.

Maula is doing great and his surgery was a success! He is currently at home resting with his family. Now that his hernia has been repaired, ...

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September 26, 2016

Maula is a 72-year-old man who lives in a village in Malawi. He works as a farmer and lives with his wife. Together, they have seven children and 14 grandchildren. In his free time, Maula likes spending time chatting with his grandchildren.

For the past year, Maula has had an inguinal (groin) hernia, where soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. The hernia is causing him pain and making it difficult for him to work. He and his family are very ready for his operation so he can return home and continue farming.

$327 will cover the costs of the surgery and care that Maula needs. Let’s help raise the funds!

Maula says, “I have no fear; I need the surgery.”

Maula is a 72-year-old man who lives in a village in Malawi. He works as a farmer and lives with his wife. Together, they have seven childre...

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Maula's Timeline

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maula was submitted by Sadie Bazur-Leidy, Director of Operations at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • September 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maula received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital.

  • October 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maula's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maula's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 04, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maula's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $327 for Maula'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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