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Success! Justine from Uganda raised $219 to fund hysterectomy surgery so she can live and work pain-free.

Justine
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Justine's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Justine post-operation

January 5, 2022

Justine underwent hysterectomy surgery so she can live and work pain-free.

Justine had a successful surgery with our medical partner at Nyakibale Hospital. She will be able to lead a better life and she hopes to resume farming to sustain her family. Justine is grateful for the kind support offered.

Justine told us as she was heading home: “May the Lord reward you abundantly and continue using you to do His work of saving people’s lives.”

Justine had a successful surgery with our medical partner at Nyakibale Hospital. She will be able to lead a better life and she hopes to res...

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November 3, 2021

Justine is a fifty-two-year-old farmer. She is married with eleven children. Justine shared that two of her children passed away, four are married, and the rest are primary and secondary school students. Justine and her husband practice small-scale farming to provide for their family. Her married children are not yet in a position to provide financial support to the family.

For 15 years, Justine has been experiencing severe abdominal, pelvic, and lower back pain that fluctuates between episodic and constant. Justine shared that her pain makes it difficult for her to work on the farm. Due to financial constraints, she was previously unable to seek medical care; however, Justine was recently able to visit the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Doctors at AMH diagnosed her condition as uterine myomas and recommend she undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

On November 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, Justine will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund Justine’s procedure.

Justine shared, “My financial status has made it difficult to cope with this condition. With your help, I am hoping to have my healthy status back.”

Justine is a fifty-two-year-old farmer. She is married with eleven children. Justine shared that two of her children passed away, four are m...

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Justine's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Justine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Justine 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 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Justine's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Justine'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 Justine'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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