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Pauline from Kenya raised $1,074 to fund a curative laparotomy.

Pauline
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  • $1,074 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Pauline's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2022.

Photo of Pauline post-operation

December 27, 2022

Pauline underwent surgery to finally heal her pain.

Pauline underwent a successful surgery. Her medical team shared that in addition to the planned hysteroscopy and operative laparoscopy, a laparotomy was also done to remove the endometriosis. All three procedures were able to be completed together. Pauline is relieved to now experience minimal pain, and hopes to be completely pain-free once fully recovered.

Pauline was overwhelmed with joy and could not immediately share her feedback so she requested to respond with a written note:

To Watsi:

“I am writing to express my gratitude to Watsi for catering for my surgery payment. If it wasn’t for you, I would still be suffering because I had no other way to pay for myself.

My eyes are filled with tears of joy because of what you have done for me… I came here the first time so hopeless and my doctor full of compassion introduced me to Robert your representative here. That day after speaking with the kind-hearted Robert I was filled with hope.

My surgery went well, and I leave the hospital tomorrow. I will never forget what Watsi has done for me in my time of need. You really do change people’s lives.

God bless Watsi and not forgetting Dr. Elisa Lupi and Robert at Kijabe Hospital, 2 kind souls.

Sincerely,

Pauline”

Pauline underwent a successful surgery. Her medical team shared that in addition to the planned hysteroscopy and operative laparoscopy, a la...

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October 11, 2022

Pauline is a 36 year old single woman, living in Kenya. She works at a facility where they take care of street children. Both of her parents have passed away, and she has no siblings.

Pauline has lived in near constant pain for 26 years. After she was finally able to have an MRI, an ultrasound and blood tests, she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Because of this condition, tissue, which is similar to that of the lining of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus, enveloping the ovaries and fallopian tubes, causing chronic discomfort. The tissue can also affect other nearby organs, such as the bowel and the bladder. Surgical intervention is required to resolve this condition.

With the assistance of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Pauline is now scheduled to undergo a hysteroscopy and operative laparoscopy, on October 11th, at AIC Kijabe Hospital. After the surgery, Pauline should be able to live her life, free from pain. Now she needs your help to fund the procedure, which costs $1,074.

Pauline says: “I have always lived with pain since I was a small girl. I hope this discomfort will come to a halt once and for all.”

Pauline is a 36 year old single woman, living in Kenya. She works at a facility where they take care of street children. Both of her paren...

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Pauline's Timeline

  • October 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pauline was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pauline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pauline 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.

  • December 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pauline's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Pauline. Read the update.

Treatment
Curative Laparatomy
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,074 for Pauline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$708
Medical Staff
$29
Medication
$46
Supplies
$161
Labs
$78
Other
$52

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Kaptuya

Kaptuya is a widow and a happy mother of three sons and a daughter from the semi-arid area of Baringo County in Kenya. Her husband passed away some years back after a short illness. Kaptuya and her children live in a semi-permanent three room house on her late husband's piece of land in an area well known for insecurity and cattle rustling. During the rainy season, they plant maize and millet that sometimes yields enough for both her school-aged children, and for her to sell. Currently, the area is faced with drought and famine, so they depend on relief food from the government and from well-wishers due to the lack of rain experienced this year. Six months ago, Kaptuya applied for a job as a housekeeper at a nearby health center. She was happy knowing that she would earn some money, and that the facility would pay for her medical coverage, but unfortunately that did not happen. The salary was also inconsistent and, thus, unreliable. In 2013, when Kaptuya was expecting her last born, she developed a growth at her neck which gradually increased in size. Kaptuya began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, which is most visible on the right side. She currently experiences shortness of breath, especially at night, and she sleeps with difficulty. She also has a fast heart rate, and easily gets tired, which affects her daily duties. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goiter, or an irregular growth of the thyroid. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kaptuya receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 22nd. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Kaptuya says, “I am the only hope for my dear children. I live because of them, and my well-being keeps them going. I would like to get well so that I may continue working in order to support them to pursue their dreams. Please assist me.”

46% funded

46%funded
$433raised
$503to go

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