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Success! Ceasar from the Philippines raised $187 to fund a hysterectomy.

Ceasar
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ceasar's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2017.

Photo of Ceasar post-operation

May 16, 2017

Ceasar underwent a hysterectomy.

We are happy to share that Ceasar’s surgery was successful!

Since receiving her hysterectomy, Ceasar has recovered and lives pain-free. She is now able to go about her daily activities without any physical distress, which has improved her overall quality of life.

Ceasar expresses her gratitude, saying, “I am so happy for the help that I have received. Your generosity is so inspiring, which I will never forget for the rest of my life. I am now full of happiness and more confident in myself. I am looking forward to helping my husband provide for our children’s future. Thank you so much!

We are happy to share that Ceasar's surgery was successful! Since receiving her hysterectomy, Ceasar has recovered and lives pain-free. S...

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February 2, 2017

Ceasar is a wife and mother of two children. Her husband works as a driver. Her family lives in a house owned by their church minister.

For five years, Ceasar has been experiencing irregular menstruation, headaches, body weakness, and leg cramps. These symptoms prevent her from working. She never sought treatment because she could not afford it.

Fortunately, Ceasar is a member of one of our medical partner’s sponsored communities. She underwent an ultrasound and was diagnosed with adenomyosis, an overgrowth of endometrial tissue in the uterus.

On February 20, Ceasar will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Our medical partner is requesting $187 to fund her treatment. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and improve her quality of life.

“I am overjoyed for the help you have extended on my condition. I am looking forward to the day after the treatment that I will no longer experience heavy bleeding, and I will be healed. I am excited to be fully recovered and help my husband in sustaining the needs of our children and for their brighter future,” she says.

Ceasar is a wife and mother of two children. Her husband works as a driver. Her family lives in a house owned by their church minister. F...

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Ceasar's Timeline

  • February 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 3, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ceasar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ceasar received treatment at Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center 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.

  • May 5, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ceasar's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ceasar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy Mission
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Ceasar's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$95
Supplies
$0
Travel
$27
Labs
$18
Other
$47
  • 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?

Patients participate in a surgical mission that treats many patients in a short time. This is offered once a year at the local public hospital. Patients only pay for medications, blood products, and some tests. Other expenses are covered by the organizer of the surgical mission. Patients learn about this opportunity from our medical partner's local staff. Many patients travel two to three hours to reach the hospital.

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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