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Success! Esther from Kenya raised $756 to fund a hysterectomy.

Esther
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  • $756 raised, $0 to go
$756
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Esther's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2020.

Photo of Esther post-operation

April 14, 2020

Esther underwent a hysterectomy.

Esther had a successful hysterectomy surgery. Her abnormal bleeding has ceased and the pain has drastically reduced. Through a conversation on phone, she shared that she is progressing well. She is able to do most of the household chores. She has missed several clinical follow-up appointments due to financial constraints, but plans on visiting the gynaecologist within a few weeks. Her surgeon indicated it was a very successful surgery. Esther is grateful for the support offered.

“I am in less pain now. The surgery was a life saver. Thanks to all who made it possible,” says Esther.

Esther had a successful hysterectomy surgery. Her abnormal bleeding has ceased and the pain has drastically reduced. Through a conversation ...

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September 12, 2019

Esther is an elderly lady from Kenya. Esther is a mother of 2 children whom she has struggled to raise for the past 23 years. She lost her husband in 1996 and since then has been struggling with poverty. She had to sell a small piece of land to educate her children. Esther does not have any income and relies mainly on friends and relatives.

Two years ago, Esther has been experiencing persistent bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that is suspected to be malignant. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Esther’s surgery. On September 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Esther will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Esther says, “I am appealing for your kind support to help me access medical care. I hope that soon Il be free from the complications.”

Esther is an elderly lady from Kenya. Esther is a mother of 2 children whom she has struggled to raise for the past 23 years. She lost her h...

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Esther's Timeline

  • September 12, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Esther 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Esther's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 02, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Esther's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Esther's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $756 for Esther's treatment
Hospital Fees
$703
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$33
Supplies
$0
Labs
$20
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.