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Success! Jane from Kenya raised $1,260 to fund surgery to treat her ovarian cyst.

Jane
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$1,260
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$0
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Fully funded
Jane's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Jane post-operation

March 14, 2022

Jane underwent surgery to treat her ovarian cyst.

Jane had a successful surgery at Kijabe Hospital. She is finally out of risk of further complications and with full recovery, she will be able to lead her normal life without pain and discomfort. She’ll continue to follow up with the clinic to support her recovery.

Jane headed home with a big smile and shared, “My belly was increasing in size and I was very worried. I’m very happy that I got support and underwent the surgery.”

Jane had a successful surgery at Kijabe Hospital. She is finally out of risk of further complications and with full recovery, she will be ab...

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January 13, 2022

Jane is farmer and a mother of two children. Jane has a small grocery store where she sells vegetables to earn a living. Her husband works in construction sites to help provide for their family. For her husband, work is hard to come by and if he gets a job, he does not earn much. To facilitate for the many hospital visits and scans that she has needed recently, Jane and her husband had to sell the two cows and chickens they had kept.

Jane first noticed her belly was increasing in size about six moths ago. She hasn’t been able to eat and has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,260 to fund Jane’s surgery. On January 14th, she’ll undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Jane will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Jane says, “i’m very happy that I will be treated but I’m feeling sad that I do not have the funds for the surgery.”

Jane is farmer and a mother of two children. Jane has a small grocery store where she sells vegetables to earn a living. Her husband works i...

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Jane's Timeline

  • January 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jane's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,260 for Jane's treatment
Hospital Fees
$856
Medical Staff
$39
Medication
$44
Supplies
$209
Labs
$52
Other
$60
  • 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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