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Success! Milka from Kenya raised $918 to fund treatment for uterine fibroids.

Milka
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  • $918 raised, $0 to go
$918
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$0
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Fully funded
Milka's treatment was fully funded on January 2, 2022.

Photo of Milka post-operation

January 18, 2022

Milka underwent treatment for uterine fibroids.

Milka was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and fibroids, uterine lesions and had experienced anemia and abdominal pain for seven years. She was seen by our medical partner’s gynecologist where it was determined that she needed a total abdominal hysterectomy. She underwent the surgery successfully, and had a calm and smooth recovery. Milka is now doing well with no remaining concerns.

Milka shared that she’s very grateful to have undergone the procedure. She waited for a long time for this chance in her life. She says, “I am happy with how the surgery went, I am hoping that the quality of my life and that of my family will improve after this surgery.”

Milka was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and fibroids, uterine lesions and had experienced anemia and abdominal pain for seven years. She was ...

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November 15, 2021

Milka works as a house helper in Kenya. She is a mother of two children, now aged 29 and 20 years. Milka dropped out of school when she was younger after a short illness that required her to be admitted to a hospital. Afterward, she went to take care of an elderly man and she still has this job now. Milka has lived with him as she raised her children.They all live in a 2-bedroom house. She has a cow that helps her get milk to provide for them.

For seven years, Milka has been experiencing troubling symptoms and abdominal pain. She went to a hospital in western part of Kenya in 2020 seeking medication where an ultrasound was done. The hospital referred her to another hospital for further care. However, she was unable to go to the hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Milka’s condition has made it difficult for her to attend to her normal duties as a mother and a house help. She came to our partner’s hospital seeking medical care after hearing about it on the radio. She was reviewed by the gynecologist who recommended surgery to heal her fibroid and ovarian cyst. She has been diagnosed with leiomyoma of uterus. Milka needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $918 to fund Milka’s surgery. On November 16th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Milka will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Milka says,”I will be glad when I get back to normal. The pain has been very uncomfortable making life difficult. My hope is to get treated and be well again.”

Milka works as a house helper in Kenya. She is a mother of two children, now aged 29 and 20 years. Milka dropped out of school when she was ...

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Milka's Timeline

  • November 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Milka was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Milka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Milka received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Milka's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Milka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $918 for Milka's treatment
Hospital Fees
$367
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$75
Supplies
$348
Labs
$39
Other
$86
  • 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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Margaret

Margaret is a 41-year-old who works jobs she can find in her neighborhood. She hails from Baringo County in Kenya and is married with 8 children aged between 26 and three years old. Together with her husband, they work on their farm and other people's farms to earn a living. They also get their school fees for their kids from this work. Their family lives in a grass-thatched house. Fifteen years ago, Margaret began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has continuously grown over the years. Before she was seen by our medical partner's doctors, Margaret had tried to seek medication from different hospitals but she could not receive treatment because of financial strain. She opted for herbal treatments, which did not improve her condition either. Her thyroid condition has affected her general well-being and she cannot carry out her day-to-day duties normally since she gets tired easily. This has affected her daily income and support for her family. Margaret attended one of the free medical camps held at Kapsowar Hospital and after examination by the doctors, an ultrasound was done. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic multinodular goiter. The doctor recommended surgery, but Margaret is unable to raise the required funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 13th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Margaret says: "I really look forward to getting well and going back to normal so that I can work like before and support my husband in providing for our family.”

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Zaw

Zaw lives with his mother, two sisters, two nephews, and two nieces in Mon State in Burma. His mother is retired, and his youngest niece and nephew go to school. His niece works as a betel nut cutter with his two sisters, while his nephew works as a day laborer. Zaw cannot work right now due to the pain in his foot. In his free time, he enjoys praying to Buddha and watching movies, which also helps him feel better. Around the end of September, Zaw developed pain in his left foot. A few weeks later, three of his toes turned black. Eventually, all of his toes, and his forefoot turned black too. When he went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) a couple weeks ago, he was diagnosed with gangrene and was admitted to the hospital straight away. At first the doctor tried to treat him with oral medication, injections and physiotherapy exercises to increase the blood supply in his left foot. When this did not work, Zaw was told that the best option is to amputate his foot. Unable to pay for surgery, the doctor referred him to our partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing further treatment. Currently, Zaw is in a lot of pain. His left forefoot is black and swollen. As the pain is worse at night, he cannot sleep properly. He also has difficulty sleeping because he is worried about his foot and their financial situation. "Once I have recovered from surgery and I have received a prosthetic foot, I want to support my family and become a taxi driver," he said. "Thank you so much to the donors for supporting me. Every day I pray for them."

79% funded

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Margaret

Margaret is a 41-year-old who works jobs she can find in her neighborhood. She hails from Baringo County in Kenya and is married with 8 children aged between 26 and three years old. Together with her husband, they work on their farm and other people's farms to earn a living. They also get their school fees for their kids from this work. Their family lives in a grass-thatched house. Fifteen years ago, Margaret began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has continuously grown over the years. Before she was seen by our medical partner's doctors, Margaret had tried to seek medication from different hospitals but she could not receive treatment because of financial strain. She opted for herbal treatments, which did not improve her condition either. Her thyroid condition has affected her general well-being and she cannot carry out her day-to-day duties normally since she gets tired easily. This has affected her daily income and support for her family. Margaret attended one of the free medical camps held at Kapsowar Hospital and after examination by the doctors, an ultrasound was done. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic multinodular goiter. The doctor recommended surgery, but Margaret is unable to raise the required funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 13th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Margaret says: "I really look forward to getting well and going back to normal so that I can work like before and support my husband in providing for our family.”

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