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Success! Lucy from Kenya raised $800 to treat uterine fibroids.

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Lucy's treatment was fully funded on April 29, 2016.

Photo of Lucy post-operation

July 5, 2016

Lucy received treatment for her uterine fibroids.

Lucy’s surgery was successful. The wound was initially not healing well, and Lucy had to go back to the operating room last month for wound repair and closure. However, she is recovering well now.

She will have less abdominal pain and chances of further infections have been reduced. She will be able to attend to her work consistently after full recovery.

Lucy shares, “Thank you all, may God bless you and keep you safe. I will now be able to teach the little children with fewer problems in my body. I am truly grateful.”

Lucy's surgery was successful. The wound was initially not healing well, and Lucy had to go back to the operating room last month for wound ...

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April 13, 2016

“My only wish is to get well, and be free from the pain,’’ shares Lucy.

Lucy is a 50-year-old woman from Kenya, where she lives with her husband. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), she works as an early childhood development teacher, while her husband does construction.

In December 2015, Lucy was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths on the walls of the uterus. AMHF tells us, “Lucy experiences lower abdominal pain. Due to the persistent pain, she is not able to attend to her work consistently.” Without treatment, Lucy risks developing anemia, due to the constant bleeding caused by the fibroids, in addition to worsening pain.

Lucy requires a hysterectomy, a surgical removal of the uterus. The procedure will cost $800, which covers all surgical and medical expenses, pain management, four days to in the hospital, and meals during her stay. Lucy is contributing an additional $52 for her treatment.

This procedure is effective in eliminating fibroids and preventing recurrence. After surgery, Lucy will be free from pain, and will be able to return to her job.

“My only wish is to get well, and be free from the pain,'' shares Lucy. Lucy is a 50-year-old woman from Kenya, where she lives with her ...

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Lucy's Timeline

  • April 13, 2016

    Lucy was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 14, 2016

    Lucy received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • April 27, 2016

    Lucy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 29, 2016

    Lucy's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 5, 2016

    Lucy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.

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Mary is an eight-year-old girl. She is a talkative and playful young girl. She is the last born in a family of seven children and the family is not well off financially. Both of her parents do casual jobs like ploughing people's farms for a living and such jobs are not easy to find where they live. Sometimes the church members chip in to help them where they can. When Mary was one year old, she was involved in an accident where she sustained burns to her head, some parts of her face and neck. She was rushed to the hospital and was admitted for better care. While in the hospital, a surgery was done on her head where she had sustained more burns. She was then discharged and booked for wound dressing clinics. The wounds were healing well as per the doctors’ plan. Her parents managed to take her for the clinics for a few months but later stopped because of finances. While at home, the wound got infected but due to lack of funds, she was not taken to hospital at that time. Time went by and the infection spread to most parts of the head. When she was three years old, the family met up with a local pastor who started helping them. He started financing Mary’s hospital visits with the help of some church members where he ministered. The wound was dressed again but the recovery process was very slow. In mid this year, the pastor brought them to Kijabe Hospital, she was examined, and the wound was dressed properly. Since then, the wound has been healing as expected. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. On December 9th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help the remaining wound to heal properly. Now, Mary's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Mary’s father says, "Since the accident, we have been struggling a lot to make her get the required treatment but have failed to some extent. Coming to Kijabe, our hopes have been boosted greatly with the improvement she has experienced, and we hope that she will go through with the surgery and be well again.”

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