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Success! Twinomugisha from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

Twinomugisha
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  • $228 raised, $0 to go
$228
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Twinomugisha's treatment was fully funded on July 8, 2021.

Photo of Twinomugisha post-operation

June 22, 2021

Twinomugisha underwent her life-changing surgery.

Twinomugisha underwent a hysterectomy and has headed home from the hospital. She’ll soon be able to rejoin her husband in small scale farming and help support their family. Twinomugisha believes a better life is ahead now that she is feeling well and can work hard.

Twinomugisha is grateful for the support she received, “I thank the hospital management and Watsi for restoring my life which was deteriorating from time to time as a result of poor health conditions. May God bless and reward you abundantly.”

Twinomugisha underwent a hysterectomy and has headed home from the hospital. She'll soon be able to rejoin her husband in small scale farmin...

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May 7, 2021

Twinomugisha is a 46-year-old farmer and a mother of five children. Her firstborn is 25 years old, while her last born is 13 years old and in primary school class four.

Twinomugisha started feeling lower abdominal pains three years ago, and the treatment she received initially did not improve the condition. Currently, her lower abdominal pains have become so severe that she is not able to farm. Twinomugisha came to our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital for review, where she has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain with a cervical intraepithelial neoplasm. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, Twinomugisha’s quality of life and productivity will be greatly compromised due to the chronic pelvic pain. She is also at significant risk of cervical carcinoma. However, her family is not able to afford the cost of her care.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Twinomugisha’s surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Twinomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and worry.

Twinomugisha shared, “I pray to be considered for treatment because I have been through a lot in this condition. I will continue with farming as soon as I get better.”

Twinomugisha is a 46-year-old farmer and a mother of five children. Her firstborn is 25 years old, while her last born is 13 years old and i...

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Twinomugisha's Timeline

  • May 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Twinomugisha was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Twinomugisha received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Twinomugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Twinomugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Twinomugisha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Twinomugisha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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