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Success! Erna from the Philippines raised $1,485 to fund a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with a tumor.

Erna
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  • $1,485 raised, $0 to go
$1,485
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Fully funded
Erna's treatment was fully funded on September 22, 2022.

Photo of Erna post-operation

October 5, 2022

Erna underwent a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with a uterine tumor.

Erna’s hysterectomy was successful! The surgery treated her condition and she’s recovering well. She was relieved to be headed home knowing that she is healthy again.

“I’m so happy now that the surgery is done. I can now continue managing my small business without worrying about my health. Thank you so much World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for all your help,” Erna shared.

Erna’s hysterectomy was successful! The surgery treated her condition and she’s recovering well. She was relieved to be headed home knowing ...

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April 26, 2022

Erna is a 41-year-old woman and small business owner from the Philippines. She makes a small income from her grilled skewers and juice selling business, along with her husband’s work as a company driver. Having had a family history of myoma, a type of tumor that can occur in the uterus, Erna frequently checked herself as a precaution. Unfortunately, in January 2022, she found a mass which was causing minor pain.

Erna sought medical consultation and found out that she has myoma. This condition needs to be treated surgically. Erna cannot afford to cover her treatment on her own. Fortunately, a rural health worker helped her reach out to our medical partner, the World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

On April 29th, Erna will undergo a hysterectomy to manage her condition and prevent further risk. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,485 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she recovers, she will no longer have a hypogastric mass or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future.

“We were anxious when we found out about my condition. It’s also especially hard for us to think where to find the money to finance my surgery,” Erna shared. “The support coming from World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi will be a big help for me and my family. Thank you so much for helping people like me,” she added.

Erna is a 41-year-old woman and small business owner from the Philippines. She makes a small income from her grilled skewers and juice selli...

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Erna's Timeline

  • April 26, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Erna was submitted by Abegail Joy Cervania, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • April 29, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Erna received treatment at Our Lady of Peace 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.

  • April 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Erna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Erna's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Erna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,485 for Erna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$380
Medication
$214
Supplies
$380
Labs
$231
Radiology
$17
Other
$64
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A hysterectomy may be needed for different reasons, including uterine fibroids, also known as myoma, that cause pain, bleeding, or other problems; uterine prolapse, which is a lowering of the uterus from its normal position; cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries; or endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and adenomyosis, or a thickening of the uterus.

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

Patients in need of the procedure will be healed of persistent bleeding, anemia, pelvic pain, or bladder pressure.

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

Cervical cancer is the second most common malignancy and is the most common cause of cancer-related mortality among Filipino women. Although considered a preventable disease, the burden of cervical cancer in the Philippines remains moderately high and often screen and treatment is cost-prohibitive.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the patient's uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen.

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

Most of the time, the patient will have significant or full relief from the symptoms that made the surgery necessary and reduced risk of future complications.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A hysterectomy is generally very safe, but with any major surgery comes the risk of complications. Risks associated with an abdominal hysterectomy include blood clots, infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, damage to urinary tract, bladder, rectum, or other pelvic structures during surgery, which may require further surgical repair, earlier onset of menopause, and, rarely, death.

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

The care facility is equipped and accessible to handle this procedure for patients within or who travel to the capital region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no home remedy available for this procedure.

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