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Success! Twinomugisha from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Twinomugisha
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$219
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Twinomugisha's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2020.

Photo of Twinomugisha post-operation

December 23, 2020

Twinomugisha underwent a hysterectomy.

To finally relieve her of her uterine fibroid and ovarian cyst, Twinomugisha underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment with a salingoophrectomy treatment. The surgery went well and has already provided so much relief from the challenges she was having. She shared that she is feeling much better and, in her words, “only praises the Lord for the new life given”.

Twinomugisha shared, “I thank the program so much for supporting my surgery as I could not have been able to afford my surgery on my own. May the good Lord bless you and I will continue with teaching once I have fully recovered.”

To finally relieve her of her uterine fibroid and ovarian cyst, Twinomugisha underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment with a salin...

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November 2, 2020

Twinomugisha is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to three children all in school; the first child is in senior six and the other two are both in senior three. Twinomugisha graduated from college and became a Grade 3 school teacher. Her major source of income is from the small salary she earns from teaching in a primary school.

Twinomugisha came to the hospital because she had been experiencing severe colicky lower abdominal pain for the last three years. She has been experiencing abdominal discomfort and severe back pain, to the extent that she is unable to bend over. Upon further assessment and review, Twinomugisha was diagnosed with an ovarian mass. To treat her condition, 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 Twinomugisha’s gynecological surgery. On November 3rd, she will undergo a hysterectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Twinomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Twinomugisha shared, “I hope to get better after my surgery and have a new life after surgery as I continue with teaching after I have fully recovered.”

Twinomugisha is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to three children all in school; the first child is in senior six and the ...

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Twinomugisha's Timeline

  • November 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Twinomugisha was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Twinomugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Twinomugisha 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.

  • December 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Twinomugisha's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Twinomugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Twinomugisha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
Other
$11
  • 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.

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