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Success! Belynder from Kenya raised $800 for surgery to remove cysts.

Belynder
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  • $800 raised, $0 to go
$800
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Belynder's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2016.

Photo of Belynder post-operation

November 1, 2016

Belynder successfully received surgery to treat her endometriosis.

Belynder is doing great and had a successful surgery! The surgery has now eliminated chances of further cyst growth, overwhelming fatigue and lower abdominal pain. She will be able to work with greater ease and thus be more productive. The hospital is scheduled to check-in with her on a regular basis for review on her recovery progress.

“Thank you for the assistance accorded,” she says. “I will work harder to provide for my family.”

Belynder is doing great and had a successful surgery! The surgery has now eliminated chances of further cyst growth, overwhelming fatigue an...

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September 8, 2016

Belynder is a young mother of three children aged between ten and five years, who are in school. She is a tailor in her village where she earns a living and supplements her husband’s income. Her husband is a teacher, but has not been employed permanently. Belynder and her family live in a two-roomed house made of iron sheet.

Belynder experienced bleeding after delivering her second child in 2009, but she did not receive a clear diagnosis. The situation returned to normal. However, in March of 2016, she complained of pain and quick fatigue. She had an ultrasound done and was diagnosed with endometrial cysts. However, Belynder and her family are not able to raise the $800 needed for the hysterectomy and care she needs.

Belynder shared: “I want to be treated to continue providing for my children and my husband.”

Belynder is a young mother of three children aged between ten and five years, who are in school. She is a tailor in her village where she e...

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Belynder's Timeline

  • September 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Belynder received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Belynder's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Belynder's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 1, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Belynder's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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