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Success! Augusto from Malawi raised $726 for prostate surgery.

Augusto
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  • $726 raised, $0 to go
$726
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$0
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Fully funded
Augusto's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.

Photo of Augusto post-operation

November 15, 2016

Augusto successfully received prostate surgery.

Augusto’s surgery was a success! He is feeling happy and recovering quickly, and shares he is ready to return home to his family and his farm. His family is relieved that he will now be symptom-free and can return to his daily routine.

“I am fine,” shares Augusto, “and giving thanks.”

Augusto's surgery was a success! He is feeling happy and recovering quickly, and shares he is ready to return home to his family and his far...

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September 21, 2016

Augusto is a farmer from Central Malawi. He lives with his wife, near their five children and 10 grandchildren. He supports his family through farming and selling scones that he bakes.

Augusto is currently living with an enlarged prostate - a benign condition that is easily treated surgically. This is also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. He experiences discomfort and pain, but unfortunately has been unable to come up with the funds to pay for the surgery he needs.

Augusto and his family are not nervous about the operation, just happy that he can receive treatment. “I am ready to go for the surgery,” he shared in his pre-operative appointment.

Augusto is a farmer from Central Malawi. He lives with his wife, near their five children and 10 grandchildren. He supports his family throu...

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Augusto's Timeline

  • September 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Augusto was submitted by Sadie Bazur-Leidy, Director of Operations at World Altering Medicine.

  • September 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Augusto 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.

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Augusto's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Augusto's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Augusto's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $726 for Augusto's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$231
Supplies
$0
Labs
$3
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The primary condition treated with this surgery is benign overgrowth of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Patients generally present with urinary symptoms, including difficulty or inability to pass urine, urination frequency, passing very small amounts of urine, or passing urine very slowly. Some patients experience pain when trying to pass urine.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Most Malawians live in rural areas, and a large percentage of them work as farmers. This is also true of our medical partner's patient population. When men are experiencing symptoms related to BPH, they often have a hard time working on their farms. They are therefore unable to support themselves and their families. Before receiving surgery, many men will have a catheter placed, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Additionally, using a catheter for a prolonged period of time can lead to infection or trauma to the area.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Although experiencing symptoms associated with BPH is not commonly viewed as taboo within our medical partner's patient population, it is rarely discussed. Men can feel embarrassment about the condition and the impact it has on their lives. Some men experience psychological effects from the condition.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The standard treatment is a prostate resection, which is a fairly standard procedure. After the surgery, the patient will use a catheter for 14 days. Once the catheter is removed and the patient can pass urine freely, they can be discharged.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

If the treatment goes smoothly, it is expected that healthy patients will make a full recovery and not relapse.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Although there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, the risks associated with a prostate resection are very low. However, as the patient population tends to be of older age, it is common that patients have other underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure. Patients who are candidates for this surgery are screened and monitored carefully. If a patient is found to have another health condition that could jeopardize their health during or after the surgery, that condition is addressed first.

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?

Drugs can be used to relieve symptoms for a short period of time, but ultimately, surgery is the only treatment.

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Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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