“This non stop bleeding is worrying. I hope Watsi will support me so that I can be well and take care of my children,” shares Catherine.
Say hi to Catherine, a 46-year-old mother of six from Kenya. For three weeks, Catherine has been experiencing lower abdominal and uterine bleeding caused by noncancerous tumors, or fibroids, in Catherine’s uterus. Due to the bleeding masses in her uterus, Catherine is now at risk for severe anemia. The growth of the fibroids could also affect other body organs.
Catherine is a very social woman, with leadership positions in her women groups. She and her husband are farmers and depend on farm produce for their basic needs and the education of their children. To supplement the family income, Catherine’s husband also seeks out casual work. The bleeding and pain has persisted and Catherine can no longer socialize with her friends, neighbors, or women groups.
Doctors at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), have recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy, a surgery Catherine’s family is unable to afford. We can fund a successful surgery for $790. “We expect after a total abdominal hysterectomy, Catherine will recover fully,” AMHF doctors describe. “She will be able to lead her women groups and take care of her children.”
Let’s help this social mother get back to participating in her daily activities!