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Success! Rosemary from Kenya raised $1,260 to fund a hysterectomy so that she can live pain-free.

Rosemary
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  • $1,260 raised, $0 to go
$1,260
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$0
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Fully funded
Rosemary's treatment was fully funded on October 22, 2021.

Photo of Rosemary post-operation

November 2, 2021

Rosemary underwent a hysterectomy so that she can live cancer and pain-free.

Rosemary could not hide her joy now that she received the treatment she needed. She had a diagnosis of cervical carcinoma affecting her uterus. Her hysterectomy went well and she is now back home recovering. Her doctors shared that her surgery was successful and went as planned. Rosemary is scheduled for a clinic visit after two weeks so the team and support her full healing.

Rosemary says, “We thank God I received this treatment. I hope I will be able to heal completely and be cancer-free.”

Rosemary could not hide her joy now that she received the treatment she needed. She had a diagnosis of cervical carcinoma affecting her uter...

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September 20, 2021

Rosemary is a 38-year-old small scale tea farmer. She is married and has four children. Together, she and her husband tend to a half-acre piece of land.

In June 2020, while pregnant, Rosemary began experiencing troubling symptoms. She was able to have her baby and has now been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Rosemary receive treatment. On September 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Rosemary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her risk of cancer spreading with will be greatly reduced. Now, she needs help raising $1,260 to fund her procedure and care.

Rosemary shared, “the cancer has put my life under threat. I almost lost my little baby because of the disease. I need this surgery to raise my kids and be well in health.”

Rosemary is a 38-year-old small scale tea farmer. She is married and has four children. Together, she and her husband tend to a half-acre pi...

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Rosemary's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosemary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosemary 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.

  • October 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosemary's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosemary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,260 for Rosemary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$856
Medical Staff
$39
Medication
$44
Supplies
$209
Labs
$52
Other
$60
  • 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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