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Success! Aida from Malawi raised $650 to fund gynecological surgery.

Aida
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$650
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Aida's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2018.

Photo of Aida post-operation

November 20, 2018

Aida underwent gynecological surgery.

Aida is feeling fine after a successful surgery. She is looking forward to working again at her business where she sells clothes and bed sheets.

Aida says, “I am very happy because this help has come to me through God and you.”

Aida is feeling fine after a successful surgery. She is looking forward to working again at her business where she sells clothes and bed she...

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November 7, 2018

Aida is a mother of four from Malawi. As a self-made entrepreneur, she sorts through discarded clothing and washes it for resale. She enjoys singing Gospel music in her free time.

Since August, Aida has been experiencing stomach pain radiating to her back and arms, along with full body numbness. She has been diagnosed with fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Aida’s surgery. On November 8, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is looking forward to being free of pain after surgery.

She says, “I am very happy that you have considered to help me through this program. God should bless you!”

Aida is a mother of four from Malawi. As a self-made entrepreneur, she sorts through discarded clothing and washes it for resale. She enjoys...

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Aida's Timeline

  • November 7, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aida was submitted by Angela Quashigah at World Altering Medicine, our medical partner in Malawi.

  • November 07, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aida received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital. 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.

  • November 08, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aida's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $650 for Aida'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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