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Success! Night from Uganda raised $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

Night
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Night's treatment was fully funded on November 18, 2019.

Photo of Night post-operation

October 14, 2019

Night underwent a hysterectomy.

Night reported improvement after successful treatment of total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple uterine fibroids. She no longer feels the previous symptoms she used to.

Night says, “Thanks to God for having reached us his work through you. Mays his blessing always be upon you. I am looking forward to continuing with cultivation after surgery.”

Night reported improvement after successful treatment of total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple uterine fibroids. She no longer feels ...

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September 16, 2019

Night is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a single mother to one child delivered in 1985 and has never had any other child.

Seven months ago, Night has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Night’s surgery. On September 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Night will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Night says, “I hope to be relieved of my condition that I have been with for long and I continue with cultivation after surgery to support my family.”

Night is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a single mother to one child delivered in 1985 and has never had any other child. Seve...

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Night's Timeline

  • September 16, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Night 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.

  • September 23, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Night's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Night's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 18, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Night's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Night's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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