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March 20, 2019

Saul is a mechanic from Malawi. He lives with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with his wife in his free time.

For eight months, Saul has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. He experiences pain due to this condition. Fortunately, on March 21, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Saul’s surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay.

He says, “This is helping me so much because with this condition, I cannot live a normal life; I cannot even properly wear trousers!”

Saul is a mechanic from Malawi. He lives with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with his wife in his free t...

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Saul's Timeline

  • March 20, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saul was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • March 21, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saul received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital. 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.

  • March 22, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 28, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Saul's treatment update from World Altering Medicine.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Saul is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hydrocele
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $302 for Saul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$196
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$64
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?

Patients will experience scrotal swelling, pain, and discomfort.

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

Patients will experience discomfort, pain, and shame. They may be unable to farm or do other work.

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

There is no regional significance to this condition.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Usually, treatment starts with pain medication only. If the condition sees no improvement, the patient will be referred for more specialized care, which can be provided at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital.

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

The patient will experience immediate improvement of the swelling and less pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with most surgeries, there is risk to undergoing anesthesia. There are also minor risks of infection or bleeding.

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

The nearest alternative hospital is 50 kilometers away. Because a hydrocele is not seen as an emergency condition, patients may experience long delays or have their surgeries postponed. This process can take several weeks or even months.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Painkillers can provide temporary relief, but they will not treat the swelling.

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