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Success! Monicah from Kenya raised $630 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $630 raised, $0 to go
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Monicah's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Monicah post-operation

April 13, 2017

Monicah underwent a hysterectomy.

Monicah’s surgery was a success. Her abdominal bleeding and troubling symptoms should cease. Monicah can now return to her work and take care of her family.

“Thank you for all who have made my surgery successful. I am so happy that my life will now change. I am going to work extra hard and help my children and my parents,” says Monicah.

Monicah’s surgery was a success. Her abdominal bleeding and troubling symptoms should cease. Monicah can now return to her work and take car...

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March 27, 2017

Monicah is a 52-year-old woman from Kenya. She lives on a small farm with her husband and three children. In her free time, she likes to read the Bible.

In late 2015, Monicah began to experience abnormal uterine bleeding. She was treated with antibiotics at a local clinic, which improved her symptoms for some time. In late 2016, she was referred to our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital. Medical staff diagnosed her with excessive uterine bleeding and recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy.

As a result of her condition, Monicah’s ability to work is highly limited. This means that their family has difficulty making ends meet. Monicah is looking forward to being able to better provide for her children after surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $630 to cover the cost of the operation. Monicah is scheduled for treatment on March 28. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Monicah is a 52-year-old woman from Kenya. She lives on a small farm with her husband and three children. In her free time, she likes to rea...

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Monicah's Timeline

  • March 27, 2017

    Monicah was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 28, 2017

    Monicah received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • March 30, 2017

    Monicah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 13, 2017

    Monicah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Monicah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $630 for Monicah'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?

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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