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Success! Bene from the Philippines raised $668 for a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Bene
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Bene's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2016.

Photo of Bene post-operation

September 17, 2016

Bene received a successful hysterectomy.

“I really can’t express through words how happy and thankful I am for this gift of healing,” Bene shared. “Now I don’t worry anymore because I already underwent surgery and there is no threat in my health anymore. Thank you so much for all your help and I will not forget this my whole life. I am excited to start anew and help my husband sustain our family. Thank you once again.”

Bene is recovering well after surgery. She had initially been diagnosed with a very large cyst that was in danger of rupturing. She is very thankful to have received surgery to prevent this potentially dangerous outcome.

Bene’s medical team notes that “her joy cannot be expressed through words.” She and her family were overwhelmed after her surgery, and by the fact that it was fully funded by donors. Bene is back at home helping her husband, who is a fish vendor. They run a small business from their home.

Bene added that she “owes everything of what she is now to people who helped her get treated.”

"I really can't express through words how happy and thankful I am for this gift of healing," Bene shared. "Now I don't worry anymore because...

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June 26, 2016

Bene, a 48-year-old woman, is a merry person and likes to socialize and mingle with people and tell them about her experiences in life. Bene first experienced dysmenorrhea, heavy bleeding, and had felt a small lump in her lower abdomen in 2013. She had sought medical help and had found out that she had an ovarian cyst, myoma and an abscess, and was advised to have hysterectomy surgery. Because of this, she worries a lot because her family only has limited funds and cannot provide for her surgery.

Despite her condition, she travels a lot for her small business, but she stopped when she encountered an accident last July 2015. ​Because of the accident, she became handicapped, thus, the husband is the only earner in the family. Though she tried helping her husband who is a fish vendor, she finds it really difficult to go from place to place because she is using crutches. With that, the income is barely enough for their family’s daily needs and their son’s school allowance, clothing, and school requirements.

The hysterectomy surgery would not just relieve the signs and symptoms of the condition she experiences, but it would also prevent her from having worst complications such as cancer and metastasis. For $668, Bene will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus.

“I would like to thank you first for helping me to have my surgery,” shares Bene. “I am actually ready for any surgery because I believe it is the best for me. I don’t have any fears as long as it would lengthen my life so that I can be with my family longer. After this surgery I am planning to give attention also to my handicap and find ways to help my husband.”​

Bene, a 48-year-old woman, is a merry person and likes to socialize and mingle with people and tell them about her experiences in life. Bene...

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Bene's Timeline

  • June 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 5, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bene received treatment at South Cotabato 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.

  • July 23, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bene's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • 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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