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Success! Beatrice from Kenya raised $800 for surgery to treat cervical cancer.

Beatrice
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$800
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Beatrice's treatment was fully funded on August 23, 2016.

Photo of Beatrice post-operation

September 12, 2016

Beatrice received surgery to treat cervical cancer.

Beatrice had a successful surgery done. The hysterectomy that Beatrice received will hopefully reduce future infections, which Beatrice is grateful for. Beatrice hopes to be completely well soon so that she can continue working with less pain and hospital visits. She is scheduled for clinical visits to review progress of her recovery. Now that Beatrice is recovering, she is looking forward to going home and being with her mother.

Beatrice shared: “I am happy for the assistance you have given me. I thank God for the support and ask Him to give you thanks for continuing to impacting lives. I will work hard to help some in need as well.”

Beatrice had a successful surgery done. The hysterectomy that Beatrice received will hopefully reduce future infections, which Beatrice is g...

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July 26, 2016

Beatrice is a 46-year-old single woman from Kenya who is fighting cervical cancer. She works as a security guard and lives in a single-room house where she pays rent from her small salary.

In 2013, Beatrice began experiencing uncontrolled vaginal bleeding. She visited a dispensary and received medicine, but the bleeding began again in October of 2015 and has persisted since then. A pap smear performed in June revealed that Beatrice has high-grade cervical cancer. She requires a hysterectomy, but she cannot afford the surgery or even medicine to help control the bleeding. If Beatrice does not receive treatment, the cancer will likely spread, leading to her premature death.

Due to frequent hospital visits and lower abdominal pain from her condition, Beatrice has not been able to work consistently and barely earns enough money to meet her daily needs. Her four brothers face their own economic challenges and are unable to provide financial support. In addition, Beatrice’s elderly mother has been hospitalized several times this year.

For $800, Beatrice will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix and prevent the spread of the cancer. Funding also covers the costs of four days of inpatient care, including meals, blood work, and medicine.

“My only wish is to get well and reduce the pain I have,” shares Beatrice, who has had difficulty coming to terms with her condition. “I want to live and be there for my mother.”

Beatrice is a 46-year-old single woman from Kenya who is fighting cervical cancer. She works as a security guard and lives in a single-room ...

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Beatrice's Timeline

  • July 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Beatrice was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Beatrice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Beatrice's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Beatrice 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.

  • September 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Beatrice's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
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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