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Loy from Uganda raised $307 to fund treatment for peritonitis.

Loy
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Loy's treatment was fully funded on June 8, 2017.
July 24, 2017

Loy did not need treatment as expected.

Doctors had been afraid that Loy had a perforated abdomen, but after several tests and days in the hospital, it appears that is not the case. She has been discharged and will return if she continues to have problems.

Doctors had been afraid that Loy had a perforated abdomen, but after several tests and days in the hospital, it appears that is not the case...

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May 19, 2017

60-year-old Loy is from Uganda, where she lives in a remote village in the hills. She walked all day with one of her granddaughters to reach the hospital to seek care. Loy’s condition started around nine months ago and causes her acute pain in the abdomen when eating, taking deep breaths, and even sitting. This has made it impossible for her to work and do normal chores around the house. She has been diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal membrane, and has been scheduled for a laparotomy.

Because of the pain, Loy no longer farms her land, but her grandchildren have planted crops and bring her food. One of her greatest pleasures is spending time with her grandchildren, watching them play and telling them stories about when she was a young girl. After her surgery, she is looking forward to being able to weave baskets again.

“I wish all the donors God’s blessings so their continuous helping work will go on smoothly,” says Loy.

Watsi is requesting $307 to fund Loy’s treatment.

60-year-old Loy is from Uganda, where she lives in a remote village in the hills. She walked all day with one of her granddaughters to reach...

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Loy's Timeline

  • May 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Loy was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • May 20, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Loy was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 6, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Loy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Loy is no longer raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Loy's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Loy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

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

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

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

This surgery has no cultural significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

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

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

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

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Patience

Patience is a primary school teacher from Uganda. Her husband also works as a teacher, and they have four children. Their oldest child is sixteen and in secondary class four, while their youngest is four and in the baby junior class at school. Patience shared that their combined income covers their children’s school fees but is limited in providing for their family’s needs. In addition to teaching, during her time off from the school year, Patience prepares and sells local sorghum porridge. Two years ago, Patience began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling on her neck. While the swelling was initially painless, she started feeling neck pains as time went on. Currently, she experiences airway obstruction when she sleeps or raises her arms, and she can no longer carry heavy loads. Fortunately, Patience had a friend undergo thyroidectomy surgery at our medical partner’s care center, and they referred her for treatment. Patience’s condition was diagnosed as a non-toxic multinodular goiter. She needs to undergo surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Patience receive treatment. On January 3rd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy, during which surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $333 to fund this surgery. Patience shared: “I hope to get well and look normal again through surgery. I will resume teaching as soon as possible after complete recovery.”

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