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Success! Margaret from Kenya raised $790 to treat painful uterine fibroids.

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Margaret's treatment was fully funded on December 13, 2015.

Photo of Margaret post-operation

January 4, 2016

Margaret received successful surgery to remove uterine fibroids.

After a successful total abdominal hysterectomy, Margaret is now recovering. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), states, “Margaret was happy for the relief from pain and bleeding. The surgery also eliminates the risk of anemia.”

“I cannot express my gratitude to Watsi for helping me,” Margaret shares. “I can’t imagine now I am free from the excessive bleeding. As soon as I regain my strength, I will work towards expanding my shop and taking care of my children.”

After a successful total abdominal hysterectomy, Margaret is now recovering. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH...

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November 24, 2015

“I am unable to sell at my shop and even to cook for the child who is at home,” says Margaret, a 46-year-old shopkeeper from Kenya is who raising two children on her own.

“Margaret is experiencing heavy menses, excessive bleeding, and pain,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Margaret has been experiencing this for about five years, but noticed increased bleeding last month which has not stopped. “Margaret received a pelvic scan, which confirmed she has multiple fibroids.”

Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus and are very common. They can be very small (invisible to the naked eye) or very large (melon-sized) and can be a single mass or a cluster of masses.

AMHF continues, “If not treated, Margaret will continue to bleed, which may lead to anemia. The fibroids will also continue to grow, affecting surrounding organs.” Doctors recommend that Margaret have a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix.

Margaret’s income from her shop is not enough to support her family and pay for the surgery that she needs. $790 covers the cost of surgery, medicine, and a five-day hospital stay. “Margaret will be free from the pain, bleeding, and risk of anemia,” AMHF expects. “She will be strong again to care for her children and improve her business.”

“I pray that Watsi will come to my aid and that my operation will be successful,” Margaret shares. “If I get well, I hope to expand my small business.”

“I am unable to sell at my shop and even to cook for the child who is at home,” says Margaret, a 46-year-old shopkeeper from Kenya is who ra...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • November 24, 2015

    Margaret was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 27, 2015

    Margaret received treatment at Nazareth Hospital. 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.

  • December 08, 2015

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 13, 2015

    Margaret's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 04, 2016

    Margaret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Sable is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters, and two brothers in Karen State, Burma. Two of her siblings attend school, while the oldest two siblings help manage the family’s farm. Sable’s parents are rice farmers and Sable is a nursery student. Over one year ago, while Sable and her friends were playing inside the house, her friend accidentally pushed her near the top of the ladder (which serves as the stairs separating two floors). She fell down the ladder, hitting her face and head against the ladder and concrete floor. According to her parents, she was unconscious for four minutes but when she woke up, she seemed fine. After the fall, her face was bruised, she lost one tooth, and there was significant swelling on the backside of her head. In addition to severe bruising and swelling, her left eye was protruding from the eye socket. The day after the accident, her parents brought her to the nearest hospital, which took about one hour by motorbike. At the hospital, the doctor suspected the bump on the back of her head was pus-filled and attempted to aspirate it with a syringe. During the procedure, the bleeding was uncontrollable, such that her parents had to apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. Her parents were upset because they thought the doctor would at least order a CT scan or additional tests. Afterwards, the doctor discharged Sable with some medication. After that, her parents tried relying on traditional medicine (like turmeric and oil) for two months, but there was no improvement. Finally, Sable's parents took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and MTC referred her to Watsi partner's Mae Sot Hospital for a CT scan. Currently, she still has a bulging left eye and bump on the backside of her head. Doctors want Sable to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sable's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 31st. Her parents shared, “We want to treat and take care of our children, but we can’t afford the medical costs.”

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