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Zipporah is a woman from Kenya who needs $756 to fund a hysterectomy.

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June 30, 2017

Zipporah is a 76-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is a mother of six children, all sons. She lost her husband in 1979 and has since lived with her sons.

In February 2017, Zipporah noted some troubling gynecological symptoms. She was hesitant to go to the hospital but finally decided to seek care at AIC Kijabe Hospital, our medical partner’s care center, in June. Doctors recommended that Zipporah undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Zipporah needs help raising the money to pay for her surgery. Her sons work as casual laborers to support their own families and help Zipporah meet her daily needs. She sold her only sheep to raise the transport fee to the hospital.

Our medical partner requests $756 to pay for Zipporah’s hysterectomy, four nights in the hospital, lab tests, and medicine. Her operation is currently scheduled for July 24.

“My hope is to be treated and lead a normal life after surgery,” shares Zipporah. Let’s help make that happen!

Zipporah is a 76-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is a mother of six children, all sons. She lost her husband in 1979 and has since li...

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Zipporah's Timeline

  • June 30, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zipporah was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Zipporah was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital.

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zipporah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Zipporah is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Zipporah's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $756 for Zipporah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$703
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$33
Supplies
$0
Labs
$20
  • 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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