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Success! Hannah from Kenya raised $718 to fund treatment for uterine fibroids.

  • $718 raised, $0 to go
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Hannah's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Hannah post-operation

December 11, 2017

Hannah underwent treatment for uterine fibroids.

Hannah had a successful surgery, in which a substantial uterine fibroid was extracted. Hannah will now be able to live her life without pain and bleeding. She will be able to continue with her small business.

Hannah says, “I thank Watsi from the bottom of my heart for helping me. Now I feel so good and light like a young girl. I will go back to my job in the market without interruptions. May God bless Watsi.”

Hannah had a successful surgery, in which a substantial uterine fibroid was extracted. Hannah will now be able to live her life without pain...

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October 30, 2017

Meet Hannah, a vibrant and outspoken 57-year-old mother from Kenya. She has two daughters and sells vegetables at the local market to support her family.

Hannah first noticed a swelling in the lower left side of her abdomen a year ago. She then started experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. A pelvic ultrasound confirmed the presence of uterine fibroids.

To help relieve Hannah of her symptoms, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has organized for her to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy on November 3.

As a single mother, Hannah needs our help to raise the $718 required for her surgery. “I am grateful to God that Watsi is willing to help me get treatment so that I can live a happier life,” says Hannah.

Meet Hannah, a vibrant and outspoken 57-year-old mother from Kenya. She has two daughters and sells vegetables at the local market to suppor...

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Hannah's Timeline

  • October 30, 2017

    Hannah was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 6, 2017

    Hannah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 8, 2017

    Hannah received treatment at Nazareth Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • December 11, 2017

    Hannah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018

    Hannah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $718 for Hannah'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?

Symptoms vary depending on the condition that requires the total abdominal hysterectomy. If the cause is cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, there may not be symptoms, especially if the cancer is early-stage. In more advanced cases of cervical and uterine cancers, abnormal bleeding, unusual discharge, and pelvic or abdominal pain can occur. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include trouble eating, trouble feeling full, bloating, and urinary abnormality. If the cause is fibroids, symptoms may include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, and swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.

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

Fibroids can grow large, cause abdominal pain and swelling, and lead to recurring bleeding and anemia. Cancer can cause pain and lead to death.

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

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a HIV infection. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African women in areas of high HIV prevalence. Cervical cancer is also more prevalent in Africa than in the United States due to the lack of early-detection screening programs. The other conditions treated by a total abdominal hysterectomy are not necessarily more common in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first reports for laboratory testing. The following day, the patient undergoes surgery. After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital ward for three to four days, during which she is continually monitored. The surgery is considered successful if the wound heals without infection, bleeding, or fever, and if the patient no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

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

In the case of uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer, a total abdominal hysterectomy is curative.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If performed early enough, this surgery is low-risk and curative, with few side effects.

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

This surgery is available, but many patients cannot afford it. Many women are screened for cervical cancer with a low-cost alternative to a pap smear. This is common in HIV treatment programs. If necessary, the woman is referred for surgery, which she often cannot afford.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If cervical cancer is caught early enough, some minor procedures can solve the problem. Women with fibroids who still wish to have children may opt to undergo a surgery only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Dafroza is a mother of 7 and a small-scale farmer. Her husband passed away in May 2019 and left her a three-room mud house for shelter. Her eldest is 30 years old and her youngest is in the seventh grade. Over 20 years ago, Dafroza began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small painless neck swelling. It gradually started increasing in size and she decided to use herbs but they did not help. She shared that did not bother seeking medical attention because she knew it was too expensive. Currently, she loses her voice whenever she talks or sings for a long time, she can no longer eat comfortably, and has trouble breathing while farming and sleeping. She came to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital for a review by the doctor. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the doctor advised her to have surgery for which she is seeking financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Dafroza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Dafroza says, “I heard the news from a friend who had the same treatment from Rushoroza Hospital and is doing well and looking good currently. I pray that I may also be like my friend through surgery. I will be able to keep farming as soon as I get better.”

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