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Success! Joseph from Malawi raised $733 to fund prostate surgery.

Joseph
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  • $733 raised, $0 to go
$733
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2018.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

November 14, 2018

Joseph underwent prostate surgery.

He is feeling fine now and relieved that his operation was successful. He looks forward to getting back to work on his farm.

He says, “This program is very good. Thank you so much for helping me!”

He is feeling fine now and relieved that his operation was successful. He looks forward to getting back to work on his farm. He says, "Th...

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November 7, 2018

Joseph is a retired mechanic from Malawi. He enjoys farming on his small family farm during his retirement years. He lives with his wife and two children.

Since July 2010, Joseph has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Joseph’s surgery. On November 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He is so happy to finally receive this surgery because he has been waiting for so long to be free from these health problems.

He says, “I am so happy for this program which will finally bring me relief from these health issues I have been experiencing for so long!”

Joseph is a retired mechanic from Malawi. He enjoys farming on his small family farm during his retirement years. He lives with his wife and...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • November 7, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine.

  • November 8, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • November 8, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 29, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $733 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$231
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?

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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Sreyna is a 27-year-old woman who has been married for seven years. Together they have a five-year-old daughter in primary school. Sreyna works at a government office, while her husband is an electrician for a construction company in the capital of Phnom Penh. When Sreyna was ten years old, she developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, she has been experiencing chronic pain in her right ear, as well as headaches and ringing noise for many years. She has difficulty hearing things clearly, which complicates her communication with others at work and home. She visited several hospitals for treatments over the years but has still been unable to find relief. Even if her symptoms stop for a while, her hearing is still impacted so she cannot communicate well. Consequently, Sreyna shared that she feels shy amongst her co-workers. Overall, the perforation causes Sreyna to feel ill often, which makes it hard for her to work and support her family. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Sreyna receive the treatment she needs to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, including Sreyna's medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sreyna shared, "I hope that my hearing will improve and I will stop having ear infections. I want to be a good mother and not miss so much work."

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