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Success! Loisi from Malawi raised $575 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Loisi
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  • $575 raised, $0 to go
$575
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Loisi's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2021.

Photo of Loisi post-operation

November 30, 2021

Loisi underwent hernia repair surgery.

Loisi underwent a hernia repair for her severe condition. Prior to the surgery, Loisi had a protruding stomach as if she was always pregnant but after surgery, she finally was feeling well and had renewed confidence. When fully recovered, she says she will be able to do her business well!

Loisi said, ‘‘Now I will be able to carry my basket of vegetables and walk to sell them. No more being called ‘amayi a chimimba’ (big-bellied woman). God bless all who helped me to have this surgery.”

Loisi underwent a hernia repair for her severe condition. Prior to the surgery, Loisi had a protruding stomach as if she was always pregnant...

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September 30, 2021

Loisi is a mother of three children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. She separated from her husband around the time when her youngest child was seven months old. Loisi lives with her children and her mother, and she owns a small business selling vegetables to support her family. One of the locations where she sells is at our medical partner’s care center and she learned that treatment may be possible to help her finally heal.

In 2019, Loisi had a Cesarean section during the birth of her youngest child. It took up to four months for her wound to heal and, six months later, her abdomen never decreased and continued to grow. Loisi’s business has suffered as a result. She has difficulty carrying large baskets of vegetables and walking long distances, and she has had to spend parts of her income on new clothing. She also shared that mockery from the community regarding her appearance has affected her self-esteem.

Loisi visited the hospital where she received a C-Section but was not able to receive help. However, when selling vegetables at the care center, a nurse referred her to a surgeon. Loisi was diagnosed with a hernia, a condition where part of the abdominal wall is damaged or weakened, causing parts of the small intestine or abdomen to bulge outward. If not treated, hernias may cause pain and discomfort and, in rare cases, cause life-threatening strangulation of blood flow to part of the intestines. On October 5th, surgeons will perform a hernia repair surgery. AMH is requesting $575 to help fund this procedure.

Loisi is hopeful that this surgery will improve her ability to sell vegetables and provide for her family’s well-being, as well as restore her position in her community. She shared, “This condition has caused me a lot of mockeries, and it even cost me my marriage. I believe, after the surgery, I will regain the size of my normal tummy. I will live an improved life.”

Loisi is a mother of three children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. She separated from her husband around the time when her youngest...

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Loisi's Timeline

  • September 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Loisi was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Loisi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Loisi received treatment at Partners in Hope Medical Center 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 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Loisi's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Loisi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $575 for Loisi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$122
Medical Staff
$251
Medication
$3
Supplies
$102
Labs
$19
Other
$78
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the lower abdominal wall, usually for one of two reasons. The first is a congenital abnormality in which the tissues did not close. The second is excessive stress in an adult, often due to heavy physical labor or pregnancy. Patients experience a bulge or lump in the affected area. The hernia may cause the patient to feel pain, discomfort, weakness, pressure, and sensations of heaviness or aching. These symptoms are often exacerbated when the patient coughs, bends over, or lifts heavy objects. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms and are only detected during routine medical exams.

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

Patients with uncomplicated hernias may experience only annoyance or discomfort. As the hernia opening expands, the discomfort will increase. Small openings are more likely to trap the intestine, potentially leading to intestinal damage or death.

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

Hernias are common in Africa. People often do very hard physical labor and lift heavy objects. Women tend to have more children than those in developed countries. It is possible that some hernias have infectious or genetic causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgery lasts for three to eight hours, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient will stay in the hospital anywhere from two days to eight weeks, again depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient is continually monitored.

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

Treatment is curative. The chance of intestinal strangulation or bowel obstruction reduces significantly.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Hernia repair is not a high-risk procedure, and it comes with few side effects.

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

Many patients will ignore a hernia until it becomes uncomfortable and seek care at that time. Some people will wear supportive bands or clothing around the waist to prevent the intestine from protruding.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If the hernia is not “stuck,” patients tend to ignore it and adapt to living with it. However, this could lead to future complications.

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