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

Kobusingye
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kobusingye's treatment was fully funded on January 5, 2021.

Photo of Kobusingye post-operation

August 3, 2020

Kobusingye underwent a hysterectomy.

Kobusingye underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy to treat her premalignant cervical lesion. She is doing well with no pain, discomfort, or disfigurement and now has peace of mind. She will be able to work normally on her farm and have a better quality of life.

Kobusingye says, “I thank you so much for supporting my surgery so that I can again have good health because as a widow, I would not have been able to afford this surgery by myself. May you be rewarded forever.”

Kobusingye underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy to treat her premalignant cervical lesion. She is doing well with no pain, di...

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July 6, 2020

Kobusingye is a farmer from Uganda. Kyobusingye is a widow and a mother to four children; three girls who are all married and a son who is still in school but is also a small-scale farmer. She has been able to school send all of her children to school on her own by farming. She mostly grows food crops to feed her family but sells the surplus for essential needs and to pay school fees for her son.

Three years ago Kobusingye began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain with persistent vaginal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. 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 Kobusingye’s surgery. On July 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kobusingye will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kobusingye shared, “I hope to get better quality of health after surgery so I can continue with farming to educate my son for a brighter future.”

Kobusingye is a farmer from Uganda. Kyobusingye is a widow and a mother to four children; three girls who are all married and a son who is s...

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Kobusingye's Timeline

  • July 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kobusingye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kobusingye received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • August 03, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kobusingye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 05, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kobusingye's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Kobusingye'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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