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Success! Witson from Malawi raised $726 so he can be free of pain.

Witson
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  • $726 raised, $0 to go
$726
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Witson's treatment was fully funded on October 29, 2016.

Photo of Witson post-operation

November 17, 2016

Witson successfully received surgery to be pain free.

Witson’s surgery was a success! Witson was joking and smiling and talking about how happy he is that he will be returning home soon to be with his family. He shares that he’s now entirely pain free. Our medical partners share that upon arrival, his family was relieved and so happy that his surgery was a success.

Witson's surgery was a success! Witson was joking and smiling and talking about how happy he is that he will be returning home soon to be wi...

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October 10, 2016

Witson is a 77-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, with whom he has have seven children and many grandchildren. When Witson isn’t farming maize and sweet potatoes, he spends time building fences and participating in other home-based work. He likes to read the bible in his spare time.

For the past five months, Witson has been failing to urinate properly and has been in a tremendous amount of pain due to an enlarged prostate. Although Witson didn’t know much about the surgery before coming to Nkhoma District Hospital, a Watsi care center, he is feeling hopeful that he will soon be pain free. He is looking forward to returning home so he can continue farming and spending time with his wife, who he loves to laugh with.

$726 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Witson needs. The surgery will remove part of his enlarged prostate, easing his symptoms.

Witson said, “I have accepted this with my whole heart and am ready to go for the surgery.”

Witson is a 77-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, with whom he has have seven children and many grandchildren. When Witson...

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Witson's Timeline

  • October 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Witson 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Witson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Witson's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Witson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $726 for Witson'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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Pai is a 63-year-old woman who lives alone in a refugee camp in the border region of Thailand and Burma. She receives 350 baht (approx. $12 USD) each month on a cash card from The Border Consortium, to purchase food in the refugee camp. This support is just enough to cover her daily needs, since she sometimes shares meals with her sister. In June 2019, Pai first notice that the vision in both of her eyes was blurry. By late 2021, she could no longer see with her left eye. She then went to the hospital in the refugee camp, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A medic checked her eyes, gave her some eyedrops, and told her that they would refer her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further follow up. IRC staff brought Pai to the hospital in January where the doctor completed a vision test and also checked her eyes with specialized equipment. The doctor diagnosed her with cataracts and shared that she would need surgery to be able to see clearly again. Currently, Pai can only see objects near to her with her right eye and even then, she cannot see objects clearly. She can only perceive light with her left eye. When she walks, she has to do so slowly to avoid stubbing her toes on stones and other objects. At night, she now needs someone to assist her to get around at all. She also has difficulty cleaning her house and doing other household chores like washing her clothes or cooking. She shared that when she tries to cook on her own, she will sometimes mixed up the ingredients now. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Pai. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Pai's natural lens and replace this with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Pai said, “I do not want to depend on my sister as she has to look after her family too. However, now I have to depend on her for many things and I feel sad about this.” Pai is thankful to the donors who can help pay for her treatment cost. She is very happy that there will be a donor for her. She said, “I hope that I can see again, and I really want to see the donors and everyone at BCMF’s organisation who was willing to help me. Thank you so much for your kind support.”

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$1,187raised
$313to go

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