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Success! Monicah from Kenya raised $1,260 to fund treatment for cervical cancer.

Monicah
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  • $1,260 raised, $0 to go
$1,260
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Monicah's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2022.

Photo of Monicah post-operation

April 1, 2022

Monicah underwent life-saving treatment for cervical cancer.

Monicah’s surgery was a success! The surgeons were able to perform a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove all of the cancerous cells. After a few days of rest, Monicah returned home and will come back in a few weeks for a follow-up and to assess if any further treatment, such as chemotherapy, will be needed.

Monicah says, “This sickness was a surprise to me. God made a way, and I got the help I needed.”

Monicah's surgery was a success! The surgeons were able to perform a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove all of the cancerous cells. Afte...

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December 30, 2021

Monicah a hardworking mother of six. Some of her children have finished school while the others are still studying. Monicah’s husband, who was the sole breadwinner of the family, was the assistant chief of the area where they are living, but he passed away a few years ago. Monicah shared that upon her husband’s death, she had to get out of her comfort zone and figure out how to provide for their family. After a long time of doing some casual jobs where she could find them, she got a job as a house help but her earnings are limited. Her family does not have a National Health Insurance coverage and is not able to raise the funds needed for Monicah’s surgery.

In July 2021, Monicah went to the hospital for her regular clinic appointment and heard that there was a free cervical cancer screening centre there. Monicah has been experiencing lower abdominal pain so after the clinic, she went to be screened. The results were not as she expected. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. The doctor has scheduled her for total abdominal hysterectomy surgery but she is afraid the cost is too much for her to meet.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1260 to fund Monicah’s surgery. On January 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Monicah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and hopes to live a life cancer-free.

Monicah says, “I did not know that I was sick and since then things have happened so fast. I do not know where the money for my surgery will come from but I know that God will make a way.”

Monicah a hardworking mother of six. Some of her children have finished school while the others are still studying. Monicah's husband, who w...

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Monicah's Timeline

  • December 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Monicah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Monicah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Monicah received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • March 18, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Monicah's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Monicah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,260 for Monicah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$856
Medical Staff
$39
Medication
$44
Supplies
$209
Labs
$52
Other
$60
  • 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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