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Success! Kule from Uganda raised $268 to fund gynecological surgery.

Kule
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  • $268 raised, $0 to go
$268
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kule's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2018.

Photo of Kule post-operation

March 2, 2018

Kule underwent gynecological surgery.

Kule’s surgery was a success. She is no longer at risk of suffering from pain. After recovery, she will be able to do any work at her home.

Kule says, “I am now feeling much better. I am excited that my life is changed now. I have been having a lot of pain. After recovery, I will continue with farming. I am very thankful to Watsi for you have saved my life from pain. I have nothing to give in return. God bless you.’’

Kule’s surgery was a success. She is no longer at risk of suffering from pain. After recovery, she will be able to do any work at her home. ...

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February 12, 2018

Kule is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a farmer. Most of the food they cultivate is for home consumption.

For two years, Kule has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and backache. She has been diagnosed with endometriosis. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Kule’s surgery. On February 13, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kule will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

She says, “I have used various medicine but pain have persisted. I need help to have surgery. I am unable to pay for it.’”

Kule is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a farmer. Most of the food they cultivate is for hom...

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Kule's Timeline

  • February 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 12, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kule's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kule received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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.

  • March 02, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kule's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kule's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $268 for Kule's treatment
Hospital Fees
$182
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$76
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.