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Jane from Kenya raised $790 for surgery to remove painful uterine fibroids.

Jane
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$790
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Fully funded
Jane's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2016.

Photo of Jane post-operation

February 23, 2016

Jane received surgery to treat her uterine fibroids.

“Jane’s total abdominal hysterectomy was a success and she is no longer at risk of developing severe anemia,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

AMHF provided a further update on Jane’s condition, and shared that she may require further treatment if deemed necessary.

“During the surgery, Jane was also found to have a big tumor behind her uterus. The tumor was excised and a sample taken for biopsy. If the tumor is found to be cancerous, then the treatment also helped prevent further spreading of the cancer. If it is found to be cancer, Jane may need to undergo chemo/radio therapy.”

“Jane was very anxious and worried to learn she had another condition, and was not sure what the biopsy results will show. The next step of treatment will be determined by the results. Jane is, however, happy that she has been treated,” AMHF adds.

Should Jane require further treatment, she will be re-eligible for funding on Watsi.

"Jane's total abdominal hysterectomy was a success and she is no longer at risk of developing severe anemia," says our medical partner, Afri...

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January 11, 2016

64-year-old Jane is a mother of two living in Kenya. “Jane and her husband are farmers and depend on their small farm produce for their basic needs,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). The couple is also supporting the younger of their two children, who attends a university.

Both Jane and her spouse have recently fallen ill. “About four months ago Jane woke up with severe pain on the lower right side of the abdomen,” AMHF tells us. An ultrasound revealed that Jane has uterine fibroids, or tumors in the wall of her womb.

Although uterine fibroids typically are not cancerous, Jane’s have been causing her increasingly acute pain, as well as bleeding. This combination of symptoms “has made it difficult for Jane to socialize,” AMHF shares. Furthermore, “the excessive bleeding may cause development of anemia.” Jane will need a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix.

Several weeks ago, Jane’s husband underwent a procedure to address his own medical issue. Unfortunately, paying for that operation left the family without adequate funds to pay for the hysterectomy that Jane needs.

$790 will fund this procedure for Jane, and will also cover the cost of her postoperative hospital stay as she recovers.

“I am praying and hoping for a successful surgery. I need to be well to take care of my family, especially now that my husband is also sick,” Jane says.

64-year-old Jane is a mother of two living in Kenya. “Jane and her husband are farmers and depend on their small farm produce for their basi...

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Jane's Timeline

  • January 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jane was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • January 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane received treatment at Nazareth Hospital. 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.

  • February 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 23, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Jane. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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