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Success! Merlinda from the Philippines raised $187 to fund gynecological surgery.

  • $187 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Merlinda's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2017.

Photo of Merlinda post-operation

April 17, 2017

Merlinda received a successful hysterectomy.

Merlinda is recovering well from her surgery. She can now actively perform her daily household tasks without experiencing any pain or fatigue.

Merlinda is very thankful and shares with us that she is “enthusiastic and full of happiness!”

Merlinda is recovering well from her surgery. She can now actively perform her daily household tasks without experiencing any pain or fatigu...

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February 1, 2017

Merlinda is a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in the Philippines. Her husband provides the majority of her family’s income. However, Merlinda sometimes sells barbecue outside their home to supplement the household income.

For over a year, Merlinda has experienced excessive blood loss due to gynecological problems, causing her headaches, body pains, leg cramps, and fatigue. These symptoms hinder her ability to take care of her home and children. If left untreated, the condition may cause Merlinda further complications.

With the help of a health trainer from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), Melinda was diagnosed with uterine leiomyomas, tumors that arise from the overgrowth of smooth muscle and connective tissue in the uterus. ICM’s head medic recommended Melinda for surgery.

Melinda is scheduled for surgery on February 17. It will cost $187. Your donation will help pay for Melinda’s labs, medication, hospital food, and a follow up consultation. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and prevent any further complications.

“I am so happy for the help and support,” Melinda says. She adds, “If I will fully recover, I will help my husband earn for my family by looking for a job so we can both sustain the needs of our children so they can finish their education. Thank you so much for this great opportunity.”

Merlinda is a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in the Philippines. Her husband provides the majority of her family's income. However, Me...

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Merlinda's Timeline

  • February 1, 2017

    Merlinda was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • February 2, 2017

    Merlinda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2017

    Merlinda received treatment at Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center in Philippines. 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 10, 2017

    Merlinda's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 17, 2017

    Merlinda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Hysterectomy Mission
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Merlinda's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

During a hysterectomy, a woman's uterus is removed. Sometimes, the ovaries and tubes are also removed at the same time. This surgery may be required to treat a number of conditions. These include fibroids (non-cancerous growths that cause heavy bleeding), endometriosis, cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and chronic pelvic pain.​ Many of these conditions develop in older woman. Risk factors include having no children, obesity, and family history of a certain condition.

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

Symptoms vary depending on the condition. Typical symptoms include heavy bleeding, fatigue, and pelvic pain. These symptoms can significantly impair a woman's normal daily activities.

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

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted prior to surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. Depending on the underlying condition and the size of the uterus, it may be removed through an abdominal incision (called an abdominal hysterectomy) or through the vagina (called a vaginal hysterectomy). The surgery is usually done under a general anesthesia. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage her breathing. The patient will lie on her back, and a catheter will be inserted into her bladder. The surgeon will make incisions inside the vagina to access the uterus. Blood vessels on either side of the uterus are clamped with long instruments, and the uterus is separated from the surrounding pelvic tissues. The uterus is removed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable.

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

After surgery, most of the patient's symptoms will resolve. She will no longer experience bleeding or pain, though some pain may persist from scarring. The patient will be able to resume her usual lifestyle. If the patient's ovaries were removed, she will enter menopause. This may require further management, such as hormone replacement therapy.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is common and generally very safe. The risks of undergoing a vaginal hysterectomy are significantly lower than those associated with an abdominal hysterectomy. Risks of an abdominal hysterectomy include heavy bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding organs.

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

Patients participate in a surgical mission that treats many patients in a short time. This is offered once a year at the local public hospital. Patients only pay for medications, blood products, and some tests. Other expenses are covered by the organizer of the surgical mission. Patients learn about this opportunity from our medical partner's local staff. Many patients travel two to three hours to reach the hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some conditions, such as endometriosis and pelvic pain, can be treated with hormonal treatments, such as the combined contraceptive pill or progesterone. The uterus must be removed if it contains an abnormal mass and/or cancer is suspected.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.