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Success! Petrona from Guatemala raised $817 to fund gynecological surgery.

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Petrona's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Petrona post-operation

January 22, 2018

Petrona underwent gynecological surgery.

Petrona underwent a successful hysterectomy that has corrected all issues she had had regarding her uterine prolapse. She no longer suffers from constant pain, and she is feeling happy and healthy again.

Petrona says, “Age doesn’t matter, I love life. Thank you for everything you have done for me.”

Petrona underwent a successful hysterectomy that has corrected all issues she had had regarding her uterine prolapse. She no longer suffers ...

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November 6, 2017

Petrona is a grandmother from Guatemala. She lives with her husband, children, and grandchildren in Guatemala’s rural coastal area. She is no longer able to work due to her old age. Petrona’s husband brings in the family’s primary income, working each day in the local countryside cutting coffee.

Petrona needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Petrona’s daughter brought her mother to our medical partner’s clinic because Petrona had been experiencing pelvic discomfort and pain. They diagnosed Petrona with a uterine prolapse, and to cure her prolapse, Petrona needs a hysterectomy.

Fortunately, Petrona is receiving help from our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. She is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on November 6. Now, she needs help raising $817 to fund this procedure. This surgery will aid Petrona in all aspects of her life. She will no longer experience discomfort or pain from her uterine prolapse, meaning she can continue life as usual with her family by her side.

She says, “Despite my age I wish to keep living with my grandchildren and family who I love dearly. I ask for your help with my surgery. May God repay you.”

Petrona is a grandmother from Guatemala. She lives with her husband, children, and grandchildren in Guatemala's rural coastal area. She is n...

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Petrona's Timeline

  • November 6, 2017

    Petrona was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • November 6, 2017

    Petrona received treatment at Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala. 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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Petrona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2018

    Petrona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019

    Petrona's treatment was fully funded.

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $817 for Petrona's treatment
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Many women come to our medical partner's referral clinic with uterine prolapse. This is a very uncomfortable condition where the uterus descends through the vagina and protrudes outside. The other common condition for which our medical partner does hysterectomy procedures is severe fibroids, which are small benign tumors in the uterus that cause protracted bleeding and pain.

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

In addition to causing a lot of pain, uterine prolapse is a source of significant stigma and shame. Fibroids cause bleeding and pain, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness—severely impacting quality of life.

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

Uterine prolapse is rare in the United States. It is common in Guatemala because women have many more children and pregnancies than a typical woman in the United States. Fibroids are equally common all over the world. They are a problem in Guatemala because underlying nutritional deficiencies tend to exacerbate the resulting anemia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition is a simple surgical procedure although it does usually require staying overnight in the hospital. Recovery is a bit slower than some procedures, and often patients are moving pretty slowly for a month or two. Usually by the six or eight week mark, however, they feel energetic and are getting back to their usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women with severe anemia from uterine bleeding or extreme discomfort and embarrassment from uterine prolapse to get back to their lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently takes care of the problem. Like any surgery, risks are rare but include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

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

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients, who cannot afford to pay, is many months, or even years, of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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