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Lucy is a small-business owner and mom-of-two from Kenya who needs $755 to fund life-changing hysterectomy surgery.

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June 16, 2022

Lucy is a small-business owner and a mom to two boys. She shared that she is raising them on her own, and runs a small business selling beauty products to help provide for her and her family.

For three years, Lucy has been experiencing troubling symptoms that resulted in two hospital visits and a blood transfusion, as she also experiences anemia. Lucy has been diagnosed with fibroids and advised to undergo a hysterectomy as soon as possible, which is a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Lucy receive the treatment she needs. On June 17th, she will undergo surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Lucy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $755 to fund this procedure. Lucy was able to gather $93 to contribute to her care.

Lucy shared, “I am desperate, and any help to save my life I will appreciate. I hope the sponsors will hear my case and assist me. My children depend on me, and so I hope for successful treatment.”

Lucy is a small-business owner and a mom to two boys. She shared that she is raising them on her own, and runs a small business selling beau...

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Lucy's Timeline

  • June 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lucy was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 17, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Lucy was scheduled to receive treatment at Nazareth 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.

  • June 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Lucy is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Lucy's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $755 for Lucy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$382
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$54
Supplies
$211
Labs
$72
Other
$36
  • 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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