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Success! Staniel from Malawi raised $742 for surgery to treat an enlarged prostate.

Staniel
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$742
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Fully funded
Staniel's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Staniel post-operation

June 16, 2016

Staniel underwent successful prostate surgery.

Staniel’s operation had a major impact on his life. He says that things are going great now and he is back to working in his garden. His whole family is happy that the operation has been done and that he is in good health now.

When asked about how he feels, Staniel replied, “I am very happy and very humbled. I am really thankful for your program. I wasn’t expecting things to be like this, so I am really appreciative of all of the help that I received. I am very excited to be alive. Now that the operation is done things are moving forward for me.”

Staniel's operation had a major impact on his life. He says that things are going great now and he is back to working in his garden. His who...

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May 11, 2016

Staniel is a 56-year-old father of seven. He works as a groundnut and maize farmer to support his family in Malawi.

He has been experiencing symptoms related to his enlarged prostate for two years, but has been unable to access surgical treatment until now.

For $742 our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), will be able to perform a surgery to remove part of Staniel’s prostate gland. This will help treat some of Staniel’s symptoms and allow for a better flow of the urinary tract.

His symptoms have prevented him from being able to accomplish some of his farming tasks, and he is excited to return to his work.

“I am happy I can receive the operation, and feel like I can have a healthy life now,” shared Staniel.

Staniel is a 56-year-old father of seven. He works as a groundnut and maize farmer to support his family in Malawi. He has been experien...

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Staniel's Timeline

  • May 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Staniel 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.

  • June 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Staniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Staniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Staniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Colon / Prostate Resection
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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