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Success! Augustino from Malawi raised $334 to fund a hernia repair.

Augustino
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  • $334 raised, $0 to go
$334
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Augustino's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Augustino post-operation

June 16, 2017

Augustino underwent hernia repair.

Augustino had a successful and uncomplicated bilateral inguinal hernia repair and is feeling much better now. He and the family are thrilled with the outcome.

Augustino had a successful and uncomplicated bilateral inguinal hernia repair and is feeling much better now. He and the family are thrilled...

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May 17, 2017

Augustino is a 66-year-old man from Malawi. Augustino works as a small scale farmer and lives with his wife, and they have four grown children and ten grandchildren. In addition to his farm, Augustino also raises chickens and goats. When he has free time, Augustino likes to go to his local parish with his family.

For three years, Augustino has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. This condition causes Augustino a variety of problems; it is painful and difficult for him to go to the bathroom, and he is in pain almost all of the time. Because the family does not have the money for surgery, Augustino was thrilled to be introduced to Watsi, and he is so happy to know that he will have his hernia repaired.

With the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Augustino is scheduled to receive his treatment on May 18. He says, “I wish to be well and I thank you for helping me.”

Augustino is a 66-year-old man from Malawi. Augustino works as a small scale farmer and lives with his wife, and they have four grown childr...

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Augustino's Timeline

  • May 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Augustino was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • May 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Augustino received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital. 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.

  • June 02, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Augustino's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Augustino's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Augustino's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Augustino's treatment
Hospital Fees
$213
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$99
Supplies
$0
Travel
$7
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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