Meet Florence, a 46-year-old wife and mother of five children from Kenya. Florence lives with her husband and children in a rural Kenyan village. While Florence takes care of the children at home, “her husband and first born son work in a butchery,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).
According to AMHF, over the past year and a half Florence has experienced “lower abdominal pain, discomfort and difficulty in passing urine.” Florence and her husband visited several hospitals hoping for successful treatment, but her condition was never properly diagnosed. After each hospital visit, Florence would be prescribed medicine only to have her symptoms reappear shortly thereafter.
Eventually, “a CT scan revealed that Florence has adenomyosis” — a typically benign condition that is diagnosed mainly among middle-aged women. The condition occurs when the innermost part of the uterus, the endometrium, extends into the muscular wall of the uterus. Despite having moved into the muscular wall, the endometrial tissue continues to act as it did before being displaced, which usually results in an enlarged uterus and abdominal discomfort, as is the case with Florence.
To treat her adenomyosis, $790 will cover all of the necessary costs for Florence to receive a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). This operation will remove her uterus and cervix, ensuring that the problem will not return in the future. The total cost of treatment also includes five days of hospital care and the necessary laboratory tests for a successful surgery.
“We expect that a TAH for Florence shall alleviate her of the chronic pain she currently experiences,” adds AMHF.
Relieved by the prospect of receiving treatment, Florence shares, “This problem has made my life very difficult. I hope the operation will be successful so that I can continue serving my family.”