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Elsie from the Philippines raised $187 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $187 raised, $0 to go
to go
Fully funded
Elsie's treatment was fully funded on April 25, 2017.
March 10, 2017

Elsie did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Elsie decided not to undergo surgery. She was advised to visit the nearest hospital if complications arise.

Unfortunately, Elsie decided not to undergo surgery. She was advised to visit the nearest hospital if complications arise....

February 1, 2017

“I am so excited that I will be able to undergo surgery,” Elsie shares. “I have been praying for this.”

Elsie is a 34-year-old mother of two from the Philippines. Sometimes, her husband’s income as a day laborer is not enough to meet their family’s daily basic needs. Because she believes education will help her children out of poverty, Elsie has called on her family to help pay for her children’s schooling fees.

Now, however, Elsie is seeking financial help for her own urgent needs. For some time, Elsie has been experiencing severe leg cramps and numbness during menstruation. This prevents her from performing her daily household chores and from taking care of her children.

Elsie endured the pain until she was able to access a free medical consultation with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The clinician there diagnosed her with uterine fibroids.

Although these growths in Elsie’s uterus are non-cancerous, without treatment they can lead to complications such as anemia, urinary tract infections, and infertility. Fortunately, Elsie will avoid these outcomes by undergoing a hysterectomy on February 17. We can sponsor this operation, as well as its associated lab tests, supplies, and five-day hospital stay, for $187.

This treatment will restore Elsie to a physically comfortable day-to-day existence. “I am excited to live a life free of pain,” she says.

"I am so excited that I will be able to undergo surgery,” Elsie shares. “I have been praying for this.” Elsie is a 34-year-old mother of ...

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Elsie's Timeline

  • February 1, 2017

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

  • February 17, 2017

    Elsie was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 22, 2017

    Elsie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017

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

  • March 10, 2017

    Elsie is no longer raising funds.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Hysterectomy Mission
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Elsie'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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