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Martha from Kenya raised $885 to remove a large cystic mass around her pelvis.

Martha
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  • $885 raised, $0 to go
$885
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$0
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Fully funded
Martha's treatment was fully funded on July 22, 2014.

Photo of Martha post-operation

February 12, 2015

Martha received a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove a cystic mass.

Her operation was a success!

Martha’s son said, with tears in his eyes, “For two years we struggled with our mother, not knowing what to do because we could not raise the money for the surgery. We are very grateful to those who sponsored her and I pray that God may give them more.”

Her operation was a success! Martha's son said, with tears in his eyes, “For two years we struggled with our mother, not knowing what to ...

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May 20, 2014

Martha is 79-years-old but she has the vibrant spirit of a much younger person! Martha has lived in rural eastern Kenya for her entire life, spending most of her days working as a peasant farmer and raising her nine children. Martha’s husband died several years ago so her son cares for her, he is the one who noticed that his mother’s stomach had continued to swell for quite some time.

Martha’s son brought her to the local health clinic where doctors discovered a large pelvic-abdominal mass and immediately recommended that Martha undergo a hysterectomy. Martha’s family is devastated that they cannot afford the cost of her care. Her sons says, “we love our mother so much and we hope she can get well, when she is sick we also feel sick.”

For $885, Martha will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy. This surgery will remove the large mass and relieve Martha’s pain and discomfort. Together we can make sure not only that Martha recovers, but that her family recovers as well.

Martha is 79-years-old but she has the vibrant spirit of a much younger person! Martha has lived in rural eastern Kenya for her entire life,...

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Martha's Timeline

  • May 20, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Martha was submitted by Sarah Mwangi at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 23, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Martha received treatment. 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.

  • June 09, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Martha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 22, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Martha's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Martha. Read the update.

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