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Success! Judilyn from the Philippines raised $668 to treat painful uterine fibroids.

  • $668 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Judilyn's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2015.

Photo of Judilyn post-operation

February 5, 2016

Judilyn received successful treatment for her uterine fibroids.

“After the successful operation, Judilyn is very grateful and hopeful for the life that lies ahead of her,” reports her doctor at International Care Ministries (ICM). “Before, she was always dreaded by the pain and everything that goes with it. Now that she is already recovering from the surgery, she is planning to go back in doing the ministry together with her husband. She is actually the one who is in charge of the women’s department in their church and she cannot wait to share her experiences and how the Lord is so good to use those amazing persons who helped her.”

“I thank God for healing me and in order to reach this point in my life I owe the donors so much whom God touched to help me,” shares Judilyn. “I cannot really express how happy and overwhelmed I am for this opportunity to be healed. Even though I and my husband could not bear child anymore, the peace and the joy you have given me and him exceeds my fruitlessness. I am praying that the donors will be blessed more in their future endeavors so they can help others as well. I am excited to what life has to offer and I am ready for it.”

"After the successful operation, Judilyn is very grateful and hopeful for the life that lies ahead of her," reports her doctor at Internatio...

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December 5, 2015

Judilyn is a 33-year-old woman from the Philippines. She currently experiences uncomfortable symptoms due to uterine fibroids. “She used to always participate in church activities and support her husband with the ministry,” explains our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “Judilyn also used to tend land before her condition has worsened.”

ICM has diagnosed Judilyn with fibroids, or noncancerous growths, in her uterus. “Judilyn has been experiencing abnormal menstruation, accompanied by a dizziness that keeps her inactive for days,” explains ICM.

With $668, Judilyn will undergo a hysterectomy, during which a surgeon will remove her uterus and ovaries. The operation will prevent Judilyn’s heavy bleeding, and as a result she will no longer feel dizzy and tired.

“Judilyn looks forward to once again becoming a functional partner to her husband in the ministry,” shares ICM.

Judilyn is very grateful for Watsi’s help: “Thank you for considering my needs. I believe that God will reward your love and generosity.”

Judilyn is a 33-year-old woman from the Philippines. She currently experiences uncomfortable symptoms due to uterine fibroids. “She used to ...

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Judilyn's Timeline

  • December 5, 2015

    Judilyn was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • December 7, 2015

    Judilyn received treatment at Negors Oriental Provincial hospital in Philippines. 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 21, 2015

    Judilyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2015

    Judilyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 5, 2016

    Judilyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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?

Surgery is available in most public hospitals throughout the Philippines. However, even with government health insurance, there are still significant out-of-pocket expenses that make surgery inaccessible to patients. Many patients will take natural remedies from traditional healers or wait until symptoms are very severe before seeking medical attention.

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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