Read our powered by our community 🙌 Check out our 🙌
Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Jovia from Uganda raised $219 to fund life-changing hysterectomy treatment.

  • $219 raised, $0 to go
to go
Fully funded
Jovia's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.

Photo of Jovia post-operation

December 17, 2022

Jovia underwent life-changing hysterectomy treatment.

Our medical partner shared that Jovia’s operation was done and on opening the abdomen, a lymphadenopathy was found, with no signs of spread.

Jovia was managed well post-operatively for 3 days. Jovia and her family were informed about the diagnosis and were referred to the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital or the Uganda Cancer Institute for further investigation and specialized management. Jovia was advised to go as soon as possible to prevent advanced complications.

Jovia says “I know things haven’t been as I expected but at least, I appreciate the fact that you’ve made me reach this stage because had it not been surgery, I could even die blind not knowing what is eating me up, I thank my donors, the doctors that worked on me, plus the entire team that made my surgery possible, may God bless you abundantly.”

Our medical partner shared that Jovia's operation was done and on opening the abdomen, a lymphadenopathy was found, with no signs of spread....

Read more
September 8, 2022

Jovia is a small-scale farmer. She hails from a village in Southwestern Uganda. She is a mother to six children with four sons, all small scale farmers. All her daughters are married and are farmers as well. She never attended any school being that her father died when she was still young and her mother couldn’t afford paying her school fees. Now she does farming together with her husband. They normally grow food crops for their family to eat but are able to sell off the surplus to generate an income for their family’s upkeep. However, this income is not sufficient to raise money needed for her surgery and therefore they appeal for support.

Since April, Jovia has been experiencing severe symptoms. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Jovia’s surgery. On September 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Jovia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Jovia says “I feel bad every day. My health is getting worse now, had I had money, I could have received my treatment already but I can’t due to limited finances. I kindly request for your support to save my life.”

Jovia is a small-scale farmer. She hails from a village in Southwestern Uganda. She is a mother to six children with four sons, all small s...

Read more

Jovia's Timeline

  • September 8, 2022

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

  • September 8, 2022

    Jovia received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • September 12, 2022

    Jovia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022

    Jovia's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022

    Jovia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Jovia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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 (tumors in the uterus) 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?

Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside an 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 time 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 that only removes the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.