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Success! Dorica from Malawi raised $650 to fund her hysterectomy procedure.

Dorica
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Fully funded
Dorica's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Dorica post-operation

March 24, 2017

Dorica underwent a hysterectomy procedure.

Dorica had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is now cancer-free. Dorica is already feeling better than she was before surgery and is thrilled to be healthy. Her family is very excited for her to go home happy and well.

She says, “My family and I thank you, Watsi, and Nkhoma staff for all of the help and support.”

Dorica had a successful and uncomplicated surgery and is now cancer-free. Dorica is already feeling better than she was before surgery and i...

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February 27, 2017

Dorica is a 59-year-old woman from Malawi. Dorica lives with her husband, their five children, and six grandchildren who all help to work the family farm. Dorica spends most of her day doing chores, such as cooking and washing. In her spare time, she likes to chat with her friends and go to church.

Since the beginning of this year, Dorica has been experiencing pain and heavy bleeding. She went to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Dorica needs a hysterectomy, a surgery that will remove all or part of the uterus. Once her surgery is complete, she is expected to be cancer-free and make a full recovery. The surgery is scheduled for February 28, and our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund the treatment.

“I need this surgery and I give thanks to Watsi for making it possible,” says Dorica.

Dorica is a 59-year-old woman from Malawi. Dorica lives with her husband, their five children, and six grandchildren who all help to work th...

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Dorica's Timeline

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dorica was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine.

  • February 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorica received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi. 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.

  • March 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorica's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorica's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $650 for Dorica's treatment
Hospital Fees
$373
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$236
Supplies
$0
Travel
$7
Labs
$22
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients requiring hysterectomies at our medical partner's care center generally have one of three conditions: uterine fibroids, cervical cancer, or chronic bleeding. Women with uterine fibroids may experience chronic pelvic pain. Women with cervical cancer are often symptom-free and are only diagnosed upon screening. Finally, women with chronic bleeding experience atypical and excessive vaginal bleeding.

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

These three conditions may impact the patient's life in different ways. Women with pelvic pain and bleeding may be unable to work or be active. Women who experience bleeding may feel weak, due to the loss of blood and inaccessibility of blood products in Malawi. Women with cervical cancer are at risk of cancer metastasis.

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

Cervical cancer is the top killer of women in Malawi, which has the highest rate of this type of cancer in the world. There are several factors that lead to these high rates, including early sexual initiation, high HIV prevalence, and lack of screening and treatment. Although health facilities nationwide are supposed to provide screenings, many do not. Therefore, women are never screened, and the cancer can progress to an untreatable stage. In addition, women with cervical cancer often experience no symptoms and may not go in for a screening. Women with vaginal bleeding may experience stigmatization. In Malawi, menstruation can be a challenge. It is difficult to keep fabric clean, as there is often little access to sanitary products.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus. Surgeons perform radical hysterectomies on women with cervical cancer. This is an aggressive surgical approach to combat cancer. Women with fibroids or bleeding may receive alternative treatments before a hysterectomy.

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

For patients with cervical cancer, a hysterectomy is a lifesaving operation. Without treatment, the cancer will continue to spread and ultimately become untreatable. Chemotherapy has not been proven effective in treating cervical cancer, so a hysterectomy is the best option for women. Women with fibroids or bleeding will be able to return to their daily lives without chronic pain and bleeding.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. In this case, there is a risk of damage to the ureters and the tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder, as they are near the reproductive system.

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

There is one public hospital in Malawi's Central Region that provides hysterectomies. Unfortunately, the wait time can be very, very long. Women may not be treated in time or may stop showing up for scheduled surgeries as they continue to be delayed. Other private facilities provide hysterectomies, but at rates that are unaffordable to our patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients with cervical cancer, there are no good alternatives. For patients with fibroids, it is possible to remove the fibroid alone. This procedure is often done on young women who are still of childbearing age. Some women with fibroids or bleeding receive hormonal treatment before attempting a hysterectomy. In many cases, less aggressive treatments are tried before the patient receives a hysterectomy.

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