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Success! Elvera from the Philippines raised $187 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $187 raised, $0 to go
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Elvera's treatment was fully funded on May 11, 2017.

Photo of Elvera post-operation

August 15, 2017

Elvera received a successful hysterectomy surgery.

Elvera is very happy with her successful surgery. She can now work without difficulty and help her husband with their children. She no longer experiences heavy menstruation and headaches, for which she is very thankful and happy.

She says, “I felt so blessed and will be forever grateful for this miracle that I have. If it is only for our own efforts, I could not have the surgery I have been dreaming of. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to life my life to the fullest without difficulty. I am excited to go back to work and see my children grow and finish their studies.”

Elvera is very happy with her successful surgery. She can now work without difficulty and help her husband with their children. She no longe...

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February 2, 2017

Elvera is a wife and mother of six children from the Philippines. She is a very supportive wife and caring mother, and their house is always filled with laughter.

For almost ten years, Elvera has been experiencing uncomfortable gynecological symptoms, headaches, and leg cramps. As a result, she is often unable to go to work. Last year, she was diagnosed with a myoma, a benign tumor that develops in the uterus. The doctor recommended surgery, but Elvera did not have the funds for the treatment.

Fortunately, Elvera is a member of our medical partner’s program. She informed the medical staff that she needed surgery. After undergoing lab tests, she was cleared for surgery, which is scheduled for February 24. She will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus and the tumor.

“I am so thankful for your help,” says Elvera. “This treatment means a lot to me and my family. When fully recovered, I will be able to work well and earn more for my children’s education. I will treasure this opportunity in my heart forever.”

Elvera is a wife and mother of six children from the Philippines. She is a very supportive wife and caring mother, and their house is always...

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Elvera's Timeline

  • February 2, 2017

    Elvera was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • February 03, 2017

    Elvera's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2017

    Elvera received treatment at Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center. 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.

  • May 11, 2017

    Elvera's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 15, 2017

    Elvera's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Hysterectomy Mission
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Elvera's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

During a hysterectomy, a woman's uterus is removed. Sometimes, the ovaries and tubes are also removed at the same time. This surgery may be required to treat a number of conditions. These include fibroids (non-cancerous growths that cause heavy bleeding), endometriosis, cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and chronic pelvic pain.​ Many of these conditions develop in older woman. Risk factors include having no children, obesity, and family history of a certain condition.

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

Symptoms vary depending on the condition. Typical symptoms include heavy bleeding, fatigue, and pelvic pain. These symptoms can significantly impair a woman's normal daily activities.

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

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted prior to surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and anesthetist. Depending on the underlying condition and the size of the uterus, it may be removed through an abdominal incision (called an abdominal hysterectomy) or through the vagina (called a vaginal hysterectomy). The surgery is usually done under a general anesthesia. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage her breathing. The patient will lie on her back, and a catheter will be inserted into her bladder. The surgeon will make incisions inside the vagina to access the uterus. Blood vessels on either side of the uterus are clamped with long instruments, and the uterus is separated from the surrounding pelvic tissues. The uterus is removed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable.

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

After surgery, most of the patient's symptoms will resolve. She will no longer experience bleeding or pain, though some pain may persist from scarring. The patient will be able to resume her usual lifestyle. If the patient's ovaries were removed, she will enter menopause. This may require further management, such as hormone replacement therapy.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is common and generally very safe. The risks of undergoing a vaginal hysterectomy are significantly lower than those associated with an abdominal hysterectomy. Risks of an abdominal hysterectomy include heavy bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding organs.

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

Patients participate in a surgical mission that treats many patients in a short time. This is offered once a year at the local public hospital. Patients only pay for medications, blood products, and some tests. Other expenses are covered by the organizer of the surgical mission. Patients learn about this opportunity from our medical partner's local staff. Many patients travel two to three hours to reach the hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some conditions, such as endometriosis and pelvic pain, can be treated with hormonal treatments, such as the combined contraceptive pill or progesterone. The uterus must be removed if it contains an abnormal mass and/or cancer is suspected.

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