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Success! Kofia from Malawi raised $334 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Kofia
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$334
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$0
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Fully funded
Kofia's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Kofia post-operation

June 15, 2017

Kofia underwent hernia repair surgery.

Kofia had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is feeling great! Kofia feels very grateful and is ready to get back to farming and running his small business.

Kofia had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is feeling great! Kofia feels very grateful and is ready to get back to farming and run...

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April 5, 2017

Kofia is a 25-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife and two young children. He works as a farmer and spends his days tending to his crops and selling his vegetables in the village market. When Kofia is not busy with his farm work, he likes to spend time with his family and go to church.

Since June of last year, Kofia has been experiencing pain and discomfort related to an inguinal hernia. A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through weakened muscle and tissue. This can cause pain and obstruct blood flow. Kofia’s hernia has kept him from eating properly and working normally.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, has agreed to repair Kofia’s hernia. His operation has been scheduled for April 6 and will cost $334. Once his operation is complete, Kofia is expected to make a full recovery, allowing him to take care of his farm and family.

Kofia is a 25-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife and two young children. He works as a farmer and spends...

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Kofia's Timeline

  • April 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 6, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kofia 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.

  • April 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kofia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kofia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kofia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $334 for Kofia'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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Ko Kyaw lives with his wife and two daughters in the border region of Tak Province in Thailand. He is a homemaker while his wife works as a day laborer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. Now the bone in his thigh is misshapen and doctors have diagnosed osteomyelitis (infected bone). His doctor told him that in order to heal, he would need to have the metal rods replaced in both his upper and lower leg. Currently, Kyaw’s left leg is in a lot of pain. He can only bend his leg slightly and needs to use crutches to get around. With his leg in pain, Ko Kyaw spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. He feels frustrated that since his leg was broken, he cannot support his family. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping to pay the cost of his treatment and is raising $1500 to cover his surgery, which will take place on May 10th. “I feel upset that I cannot support my family as the head of the house,” he said. “We only have my wife’s income. We do not have our own house to live in. I want to say a lot of things but I cannot express what I want to say. I never thought that I would lose my house, my possessions and that my leg would be in pain.”

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