Grey Chiwatu is a 72-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi's Central Region.
Grey came to Nkhoma hospital experiencing symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. He was diagnosed with a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that can lead to various symptoms including pain, discomfort, difficulty urinating, and required catheter use.
Grey was unable to participate in farming activities last season due to his symptoms and the difficulty from using a catheter everyday, jeopardizing his and his family's well-being and income.
Grey described this difficulty and his hope when I visited him before surgery. He told me, "Once the operation is done, I will be a hopeful person and a happy person. There has been a downfall in everything because of my situation. My family and I are all looking forward to the success of the operation."
Through our partnership with Watsi we were able to register Grey to receive a prostatectomy, for free. On June 9th, 2016, Grey underwent a successful operation, and is expected to have a complete reduction of symptoms.
When I visited Grey after surgery, his spirits were high and he was feeling excited to return to his farm, and his family.