Anyanwu was in agony.
The 67-year-old man had ignored the small lump protruding from his abdomen at first, but now it was much larger, and he clearly needed medical attention. He sought help at a local hospital in Nigeria, where he lives, and was told that the lump was a hernia – a rather large, distended hernia at this point.
A simple surgery would fix the problem, but he couldn’t afford to pay the equivalent of $125 for the operation – that was more than he or any of his family members could make in a month! Anyanwu didn’t know what to do.
As he tried to go about life tolerating this debilitating pain as best he could, one of his relatives told him about a surgical medical mission team that was visiting Obohia Mbaise, a town not far from him. The mission team, who partners with MAP, was offering free medicines and operations to as many patients as they could that week. Anyanwu knew he had to get there. It was his only hope.
When he arrived at the mission, Anyanwu encountered yet another barrier to getting help. The medical team was unable to operate on him immediately because doctors discovered that he also had a case of malaria, his blood pressure was dangerously high, and he was extremely malnourished. If they proceeded with the surgery, Anyanwu might not survive.
Fortunately, the team was equipped with medicines from MAP that they could offer to Anyanwu free of charge, and they admitted him to their base hospital for 5 days where his condition was stabilized enough to undergo surgery. The surgeons used the high-quality Ethicon sutures donated by MAP to repair Anyanwu’s hernia, and the operation was successful.
Another 4 days later, Anyanwu was discharged from the hospital to be continue recovering at home, where his sons could care for him. Anyanwu was overjoyed to finally have relief from the pain and excited to be able to return to his life as normal.