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Success! Eunice from Malawi raised $643 to fund gynecological surgery.

Eunice
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$643
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$0
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Fully funded
Eunice's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2016.

Photo of Eunice post-operation

January 24, 2017

Eunice underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Eunice is thrilled that her surgery went well. She us feeling very happy and optimistic. Everyone in her family is happy that she is now in good health.

Eunice says, “I am very thankful to God and the organization of Watsi.”

Eunice is thrilled that her surgery went well. She us feeling very happy and optimistic. Everyone in her family is happy that she is now in ...

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November 9, 2016

Eunice is a 58-year-old woman from Malawi who works as a nutritionist for the government. She raised her eight children as a single mother. She currently lives with her grandchildren and oldest daughter. In her free time, Eunice enjoys reading the daily paper, watching films, and singing gospel songs with her church.

Last April, Eunice began to experience uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. The pain of her condition caused her to miss work. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. On November 10, she underwent a hysterectomy surgery.

Eunice is unable to afford this $643 procedure. When she learned about Watsi, she was overjoyed. She is excited to return to her job and her family.

“I am very thankful for what this has done for me,” Eunice says. “This is God’s intervention.”

Eunice is a 58-year-old woman from Malawi who works as a nutritionist for the government. She raised her eight children as a single mother. ...

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Eunice's Timeline

  • November 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eunice was submitted by Alison Corbit, Project Coordinator at World Altering Medicine.

  • November 10, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eunice received treatment at Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi. 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 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eunice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eunice's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eunice's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $643 for Eunice's treatment
Hospital Fees
$373
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$236
Supplies
$0
Labs
$22
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients requiring hysterectomies at our medical partner's care center generally have one of three conditions: uterine fibroids, cervical cancer, or chronic bleeding. Women with uterine fibroids may experience chronic pelvic pain. Women with cervical cancer are often symptom-free and are only diagnosed upon screening. Finally, women with chronic bleeding experience atypical and excessive vaginal bleeding.

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

These three conditions may impact the patient's life in different ways. Women with pelvic pain and bleeding may be unable to work or be active. Women who experience bleeding may feel weak, due to the loss of blood and inaccessibility of blood products in Malawi. Women with cervical cancer are at risk of cancer metastasis.

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

Cervical cancer is the top killer of women in Malawi, which has the highest rate of this type of cancer in the world. There are several factors that lead to these high rates, including early sexual initiation, high HIV prevalence, and lack of screening and treatment. Although health facilities nationwide are supposed to provide screenings, many do not. Therefore, women are never screened, and the cancer can progress to an untreatable stage. In addition, women with cervical cancer often experience no symptoms and may not go in for a screening. Women with vaginal bleeding may experience stigmatization. In Malawi, menstruation can be a challenge. It is difficult to keep fabric clean, as there is often little access to sanitary products.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus. Surgeons perform radical hysterectomies on women with cervical cancer. This is an aggressive surgical approach to combat cancer. Women with fibroids or bleeding may receive alternative treatments before a hysterectomy.

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

For patients with cervical cancer, a hysterectomy is a lifesaving operation. Without treatment, the cancer will continue to spread and ultimately become untreatable. Chemotherapy has not been proven effective in treating cervical cancer, so a hysterectomy is the best option for women. Women with fibroids or bleeding will be able to return to their daily lives without chronic pain and bleeding.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. In this case, there is a risk of damage to the ureters and the tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder, as they are near the reproductive system.

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

There is one public hospital in Malawi's Central Region that provides hysterectomies. Unfortunately, the wait time can be very, very long. Women may not be treated in time or may stop showing up for scheduled surgeries as they continue to be delayed. Other private facilities provide hysterectomies, but at rates that are unaffordable to our patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients with cervical cancer, there are no good alternatives. For patients with fibroids, it is possible to remove the fibroid alone. This procedure is often done on young women who are still of childbearing age. Some women with fibroids or bleeding receive hormonal treatment before attempting a hysterectomy. In many cases, less aggressive treatments are tried before the patient receives a hysterectomy.

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