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Success! Saul from Malawi raised $302 to fund hydrocele surgery.

  • $302 raised, $0 to go
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Saul's treatment was fully funded on June 16, 2019.

Photo of Saul post-operation

March 28, 2019

Saul underwent hydrocele surgery.

He looks forward to continue his work as a mechanic.

He looks forward to continue his work as a mechanic....

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

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

  • March 21, 2019

    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

    Saul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 28, 2019

    Saul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 16, 2019

    Saul's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $302 for Saul's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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We met with eleven-year-old Ian in the hospital ward as he was admitted for a skin traction after he fell from a tree and broke his left hand. His mother sat beside him helplessly while she watched her only son in pain. It took me time for his mother to talk as she was feeling very disturbed and stressed because of her son's condition. She was trying to help him sit up but he couldn’t because of his fractured hand. Ian was brought to the hospital accompanied by his parents. They walked for hours to get the nearest health facility where he was referred to our hospital for surgical review. On arrival, he had an x-ray done which showed that Ian had fractured his left supracondylar. Ian is the third born child in a family of five. He is the eldest son of Christine and Isaac. They are a humble family who is struggling financially and often lack food for their children. Ian's father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife. They live in a two-roomed mud house in upcountry of Kenya. Ian's father, who is a maize farmer says that his farming is not doing well due to poor rains in the area and he has not been getting good yields in recent years. Medical examination shows that Ian needs urgent surgical intervention for his hand, but his family is unable to raise money for their son’s surgery apart from $30 that they collected from friends and family. His family is requesting our prayers and financial support for Ian’s treatment enable him use his hand. Christine, Ian’s mother says, “It is painful to see my son cry in pain. I hope he will receive treatment soon. All I want is to see him happy.”

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