Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Jenipher from Kenya raised $755 to fund a hysterectomy.

Jenipher
100%
  • $755 raised, $0 to go
$755
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jenipher's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2020.
December 11, 2020

Jenipher underwent a hysterectomy.

Jenipher was due for her treatment in early November and since she was having heavy bleeding, the gynaecologist prescribed medicines to control the bleeding. When she was called by the hospital to come for surgery, Jenipher did not turn up. Our partner has tried calling her a number of times but without success. When they talked further with her husband, he shared that she is scared of having the surgery but also that her condition has gotten a bit better so they would like to wait and see if she is doing ok. Our medical partner has asked that we help another patient in need who is currently waiting.

Jenipher was due for her treatment in early November and since she was having heavy bleeding, the gynaecologist prescribed medicines to cont...

Read more
October 29, 2020

Jenipher is a 48-year-old mother of three from Kenya. She is married and lives in Umoja area in Nairobi County. 

In August 2020, Jenipher started experiencing heavy bleeding. She visited a hospital in Umoja, where the doctor suggested that the bleeding may be a result of menopause. She was put on medication for hormonal imbalance and hematinic for blood cell production. Unfortunately, the bleeding continued, so she was referred by a friend to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital. There, Jenipher had an ultrasound, which unfortunately showed that she had a cervical mass. The gynaecologist recommended that she undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

However, this procedure is very costly for Jenipher and her family. Currently, they depend on her husband’s income from his small business as a carpenter. Since she was let go from her job as a school secretary due to the school’s bankruptcy, Jenipher has tried her hand in several small businesses. Lately, she is unable to do much because the bleeding leaves her feeling very drained and uncomfortable. She hopes to get better and help her 20-year-old daughter start a boutique business that can supplement their family’s income. If left untreated, Jenipher’s bleeding will continue and may lead to severe anaemia.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $755 to fund Jenipher’s surgery. On October 30th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Jenipher will be able to resume her daily activities free of fatigue and pain.

Jenipher shared, “I am hopeful that surgery will help me get better so that my daughter and I can start a small boutique business to enable us to take care of my grandchild.”

Jenipher is a 48-year-old mother of three from Kenya. She is married and lives in Umoja area in Nairobi County.  In August 2020, Jenipher...

Read more

Jenipher's Timeline

  • October 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jenipher was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 30, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Jenipher was scheduled to receive treatment at Nazareth Hospital in Kenya. 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 3, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jenipher's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Jenipher is no longer raising funds.

  • December 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jenipher's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $755 for Jenipher's treatment
Hospital Fees
$382
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$54
Supplies
$211
Labs
$72
Other
$36
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms vary depending on the condition that requires the total abdominal hysterectomy. If the cause is cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, there may not be symptoms, especially if the cancer is early-stage. In more advanced cases of cervical and uterine cancers, abnormal bleeding, unusual discharge, and pelvic or abdominal pain can occur. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include trouble eating, trouble feeling full, bloating, and urinary abnormality. If the cause is fibroids, symptoms may include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, and swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.

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

Fibroids can grow large, cause abdominal pain and swelling, and lead to recurring bleeding and anemia. Cancer can cause pain and lead to death.

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

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a HIV infection. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African women in areas of high HIV prevalence. Cervical cancer is also more prevalent in Africa than in the United States due to the lack of early-detection screening programs. The other conditions treated by a total abdominal hysterectomy are not necessarily more common in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first reports for laboratory testing. The following day, the patient undergoes surgery. After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital ward for three to four days, during which she is continually monitored. The surgery is considered successful if the wound heals without infection, bleeding, or fever, and if the patient no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

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

In the case of uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer, a total abdominal hysterectomy is curative.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If performed early enough, this surgery is low-risk and curative, with few side effects.

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

This surgery is available, but many patients cannot afford it. Many women are screened for cervical cancer with a low-cost alternative to a pap smear. This is common in HIV treatment programs. If necessary, the woman is referred for surgery, which she often cannot afford.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If cervical cancer is caught early enough, some minor procedures can solve the problem. Women with fibroids who still wish to have children may opt to undergo a surgery only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.