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Success! Caroline from Kenya raised $794 to fund a hysterectomy.

Caroline
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  • $794 raised, $0 to go
$794
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Caroline's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2021.

Photo of Caroline post-operation

April 2, 2021

Caroline underwent a hysterectomy.

Caroline had post-menopausal bleeding that prompted the need for a total abdominal hysterectomy, which went smoothly. Her medical team was confident that the surgery was a success and that no further interventions were needed, so she has now returned home. Caroline is feelign well and will return to visit the clinic for a follow-up visit.

Caroline shared, “I am thankful for the help. I am optimistic that I’ll be fine and healthy.”

Caroline had post-menopausal bleeding that prompted the need for a total abdominal hysterectomy, which went smoothly. Her medical team was c...

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February 10, 2021

Caroline is a 62-year-old mother of four from Kenya. Her children still depend on her for financial support. She and her youngest daughter grow vegetables together to make extra income. With no extra source of income, Caroline cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for her surgery.

Eight years ago, Caroline started experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with postmenopausal bleeding with fibroids. Now, she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $794 to fund Caroline’s surgery. On February 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Caroline will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Caroline shared, “The urgent surgery to be done is very crucial to my health, as I have been feeling weaker each day. I am requesting for any financial help you can provide.”

Caroline is a 62-year-old mother of four from Kenya. Her children still depend on her for financial support. She and her youngest daughter g...

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Caroline's Timeline

  • February 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Caroline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Caroline 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.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Caroline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Caroline's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $794 for Caroline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$703
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$33
Supplies
$0
Labs
$20
Other
$38
  • 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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