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Success! Ana Maria from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund gynecological surgery.

Ana Maria
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ana Maria's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Ana Maria post-operation

October 23, 2018

Ana Maria underwent gynecological surgery.

Ana Maria was diagnosed with uterine myomas and needed a hysterectomy to be cured surgically. After the surgery, Ana Maria no longer experiences pain or heavy bleeding. She can now continue to care for herself and her three children.

She says, “I have no words for how happy and thankful I am. I am so grateful for all the medical assistance I have received through your organization. Me and my family are happy now.”

Ana Maria was diagnosed with uterine myomas and needed a hysterectomy to be cured surgically. After the surgery, Ana Maria no longer experie...

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April 6, 2018

Ana Maria is a mother from Guatemala. Ana Maria lives in Guatemala’s rural western highlands with her husband and three children. She works in her household, preparing food, cleaning, and taking care of her children.

Ana Maria needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Ana Maria was experiencing pain and discomfort in her pelvic region, for which she sought medical advice with our doctors. After an evaluation, Ana Maria was diagnosed with uterine myomas, which must be cured surgically.

Fortunately, Ana Maria is receiving help from our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. She is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on May 16. Now, she needs help raising $817 to fund this procedure. After surgery Ana Maria will no longer experience pain, and she will be able to return to her family healthy again.

Ana Maria says, “I am worried about my health, but more than anything I am grateful for this help, for no one has ever supported me with medical attention in this way before. I am ready to do anything necessary for the sake of my health.”

Ana Maria is a mother from Guatemala. Ana Maria lives in Guatemala's rural western highlands with her husband and three children. She works ...

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Ana Maria's Timeline

  • April 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ana Maria was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • April 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ana Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ana Maria received treatment at INCAN in Guatemala. 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.

  • October 23, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ana Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ana Maria's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,678 for Ana Maria's treatment
Subsidies fund $178 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,052
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$16
Supplies
$0
Travel
$270
Labs
$233
Other
$107
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Many women come to our medical partner's referral clinic with uterine prolapse. This is a very uncomfortable condition where the uterus descends through the vagina and protrudes outside. The other common condition for which our medical partner does hysterectomy procedures is severe fibroids, which are small benign tumors in the uterus that cause protracted bleeding and pain.

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

In addition to causing a lot of pain, uterine prolapse is a source of significant stigma and shame. Fibroids cause bleeding and pain, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness—severely impacting quality of life.

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

Uterine prolapse is rare in the United States. It is common in Guatemala because women have many more children and pregnancies than a typical woman in the United States. Fibroids are equally common all over the world. They are a problem in Guatemala because underlying nutritional deficiencies tend to exacerbate the resulting anemia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment is a simple surgical procedure, although it does usually require staying overnight in the hospital. Recovery is a bit slower than some procedures, and often patients move pretty slowly for a month or two. Usually by the six or eight week mark, however, they feel energetic and are getting back to their usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women with severe anemia from uterine bleeding or extreme discomfort and embarrassment from uterine prolapse to get back to their lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one-time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently takes care of the problem. Risks and complications are rare, but may occur as with any major surgery: injury to nearby organs, anesthesia problems, blood clots in the legs or lungs, infection, heavy bleeding, early menopause, if the ovaries are removed, and pain during sexual intercourse.

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

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons to have procedures done for their patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may claim they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other expenses. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary testing needed before the procedure, and to subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients who cannot afford to pay is many months or even years of trying to get the procedure done through the free public system, spending countless days and often a great deal of money in the process.

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