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Success! Charles from Malawi raised $340 to fund cyst removal surgery.

Charles
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  • $340 raised, $0 to go
$340
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Charles's treatment was fully funded on November 14, 2017.

Photo of Charles post-operation

August 9, 2017

Charles underwent cyst removal surgery.

Charles’s cyst removal was a success. He had a large cyst on his forehead that was removed without complications. He is feeling happy to go home.

He says, “Thank you.”

Charles's cyst removal was a success. He had a large cyst on his forehead that was removed without complications. He is feeling happy to go ...

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July 18, 2017

Charles is 68 years old and from central Malawi. He has a cyst on his forehead that has bothered him for a long time, but he has been unable to receive surgery to remove it until now. He is very excited to be cyst free!

In order to help Charles, our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $340 to fund his surgery and hospital stay. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 18.

“Thank you for helping me,” Charles says.

Charles is 68 years old and from central Malawi. He has a cyst on his forehead that has bothered him for a long time, but he has been unable...

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Charles's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Charles received treatment at Kabudula Rural Community Hospital.

  • August 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Charles's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Charles's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 14, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Charles's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Cyst Removal
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $340 for Charles's treatment
Hospital Fees
$159
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
Travel
$82
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients will have a raised, sore lump below the skin.

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

Cysts can cause pain and discomfort based on their location and size. They vary in size and can be found in various locations below the surface of the skin.

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

Cysts are quite common in Malawi, though there is no specific regional significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A small incision is made, and the cyst is revealed and removed. Sutures are used to close the incision.

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

Patients can experience a decrease in pain and discomfort in the location of the cyst. They can also experience improved self esteem due to a return to near pre-cyst appearance.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Infection and/or excessive bleeding are side effects of any surgery that could occur in cyst removal. There is also a chance for the cyst to regrow.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Occasionally, health centers in Malawi will perform cyst removals, but it depends on the level of the training of clinicians and availability of supplies. Many patients live with cysts until there is an opportunity, like a visiting surgeon, to treat through cyst removal.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Occasionally cysts will occasionally disappear on their own. If they do not, surgical intervention is the only option.

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