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Success! Kellen from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

Kellen
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$321
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$0
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Fully funded
Kellen's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2017.

Photo of Kellen post-operation

August 18, 2017

Kellen underwent a hysterectomy.

When Kellen came into the hospital for her surgery, it was difficult for her to smile because she was in so much pain, but now she is feeling so much better. It will take several weeks until she is completely healed, but her doctors expect a full recovery.

“The donors have been so generous in supporting my treatment,” says Kellen. “It is a blessing. I will pray to God to bless them abundantly.”

When Kellen came into the hospital for her surgery, it was difficult for her to smile because she was in so much pain, but now she is feelin...

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May 25, 2017

Kellen is 45 years old. She and her husband, Johnson, have six children. Johnson makes charcoal for a living, and Kellen is a farmer. She grows food for her family, including millet, potatoes, maize, and beans. She also buys and sells coffee beans during the harvest for extra income.

In her free time, Kellen is very involved in her church, leading prayer and fasting sessions twice a week. She also enjoys spending time with other women in the village, discussing and learning about family development.

Kellen has had pain in her abdominal area for approximately one year. She decided to seek treatment from our medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation. When she came to the hospital, doctors found a mass in her uterus. She has been scheduled for a total abdominal hysterectomy on May 26.

Kellen’s surgery will cost $321. Kellen and her family cannot afford such a cost and are appealing to Watsi for financial assistance. After surgery, Kellen is looking forward to going back to work and to church to give thanks for the help she has received.

“I thank the donors for their support and I pray to God to bless them abundantly. I also pray for a successful surgery,” says Kellen.

Kellen is 45 years old. She and her husband, Johnson, have six children. Johnson makes charcoal for a living, and Kellen is a farmer. She gr...

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Kellen's Timeline

  • May 25, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kellen was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • May 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kellen received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • August 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kellen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kellen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kellen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Kellen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Fred

Fred is a motorbike delivery man from Kenya. He is the last born in a family of five. Fred recently got a job in Nairobi making deliveries using a motorbike. He has only been working for two months at his job. On average, he can make $4 a day. The single young man lives in an apartment costing $30 a month. He does not have active medical insurance coverage do to the cost. His parents are small-scale farmers who grow food crops for home-use on their half an acre piece of land in Kisii. Fred's parents rely on him for upkeep and income since not all his siblings have jobs. To save money, he had travelled to his ancestral home in Kisii (about 500 km from Nairobi) to visit his elderly parents using his work motorbike. He was involved in an accident along Maai Maihiu road while going back to Nairobi. A personal car was on the wrong side of the narrow road and unfortunately hit him. He was rushed to Kijabe Hospital as an emergency case and admitted right away. X-rays revealed that he has a midshaft fracture femur, distal fibular fracture, ulna styloid fracture, Scaphoid fracture, and fracture of his finger.. The Orthopedic team has recommended right femur and right distal tibia fracture repair surgery. He is currently unable to walk or use his right leg and arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 25th, Fred will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk again and use his arm again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Fred says, “I am young and have a life to lead, I cannot lose my leg. I recently started working with high hopes for my future and supporting my elderly parents. I also promised my brother to pay for his college fees. Sadly, I now cannot walk or use my legs”.

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