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Success! Afeti from Malawi raised $327 to fund hernia surgery.

Afeti
100%
  • $327 raised, $0 to go
$327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Afeti's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Afeti post-operation

January 31, 2017

Afeti underwent successful hernia surgery.

Afeti is very happy with the outcome of his surgery. He is especially excited to get back to farming pain-free.

“I am thankful to Watsi and the clinicians,” he says.

Afeti is very happy with the outcome of his surgery. He is especially excited to get back to farming pain-free. "I am thankful to Watsi a...

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December 5, 2016

Afeti is a 38-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter live on their farm. They grow maize, groundnut, and soy beans. Afeti also raises goats, cows, and chickens.

In June of 2016, Afeti developed a painful hernia. His condition prevented him from working his farm and caring for his livestock. Fortunately, he visited our medical partner’s hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. On December 6, he underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund this procedure.

After recovery, Afeti will return to his family and his farm pain-free. “I am looking forward to being healthy again,” he says.

Afeti is a 38-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter live on their farm. They grow maize, gr...

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Afeti's Timeline

  • December 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Afeti 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.

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Afeti's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Afeti's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Afeti's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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