Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Grace from Kenya raised $791 to fund a hysterectomy.

Grace
100%
  • $791 raised, $0 to go
$791
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on June 15, 2020.

Photo of Grace post-operation

July 8, 2020

Grace underwent a hysterectomy.

Grace underwent successful treatment and was very happy to go home and to be relieved of the pain and bleeding she experienced for the past year. Soon, Grace will be able to resume her work and help support her family.

“I am very happy and thank God for your help. At least now I can continue taking care of my family without pain and disturbance from the bleeding”, shared Grace.

Grace underwent successful treatment and was very happy to go home and to be relieved of the pain and bleeding she experienced for the past ...

Read more
May 31, 2020

Grace is a housewife from Kenya. She is married and has 5 children. She and her husband are not formally employed so they do casual work in neighboring coffee farms and their children are in school.

Since one year ago, Grace has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and a headache accompanied by heavy uterine bleeding. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. Doctors recommend she have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $791 to fund Grace’s surgery. On June 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Grace will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

“I would be very grateful if I am assisted and God will bless you. I also hope this surgery will be successful so that I can be well to continue taking care of my family,” said Grace.

Grace is a housewife from Kenya. She is married and has 5 children. She and her husband are not formally employed so they do casual work in ...

Read more

Grace's Timeline

  • May 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • June 01, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace 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.

  • June 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 589fbadd efcd 4457 b1c0 38cd87c88a22

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 589fbadd efcd 4457 b1c0 38cd87c88a22
Treatment
Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $791 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$454
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$54
Supplies
$211
Labs
$72
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.