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Tindimwebwa
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$219
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$0
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Fully funded
Tindimwebwa's treatment was fully funded on February 22, 2021.

Photo of Tindimwebwa post-operation

February 28, 2021

Tindimwebwa underwent a hysterectomy.

After having been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion, Tindimwebwe underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment and shared that she is already feeling well and that her health is improving. The surgery reduced the chances of further complications including cervical cancer.

Tindimwebwa said: “I thank you very much for supporting my surgery. May God bless you. I hope to resume my work on the farm after fully recovering.”

After having been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion, Tindimwebwe underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment and shared t...

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February 15, 2021

Tindimwebwa is a farmer from Western Uganda. She is a married 43-year-old mother of four children. Her husband operates a small retail shop to help provide for their family. Three of her children are in school and most of their income pays for school fees.

For nine months, Tindimwebwa has been experiencing lower back pain, abdominal pain, and bleeding. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesions and it is recommended that she undergo a hysterectomy, where surgeons will remove her uterus. If she is not treated, Tindimwebwa is at risk of the lesions developing into cancerous tissue.

On February 16th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tindimwebwa’s surgery. Once recovered, Tindimwebwa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tindimwebwa shared, “I would like you to support my surgery because it is my only hope of regaining my health.”

Tindimwebwa is a farmer from Western Uganda. She is a married 43-year-old mother of four children. Her husband operates a small retail shop ...

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Tindimwebwa's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tindimwebwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tindimwebwa 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.

  • February 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tindimwebwa's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tindimwebwa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Tindimwebwa'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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Margaret is a 41-year-old who works jobs she can find in her neighborhood. She hails from Baringo County in Kenya and is married with 8 children aged between 26 and three years old. Together with her husband, they work on their farm and other people's farms to earn a living. They also get their school fees for their kids from this work. Their family lives in a grass-thatched house. Fifteen years ago, Margaret began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has continuously grown over the years. Before she was seen by our medical partner's doctors, Margaret had tried to seek medication from different hospitals but she could not receive treatment because of financial strain. She opted for herbal treatments, which did not improve her condition either. Her thyroid condition has affected her general well-being and she cannot carry out her day-to-day duties normally since she gets tired easily. This has affected her daily income and support for her family. Margaret attended one of the free medical camps held at Kapsowar Hospital and after examination by the doctors, an ultrasound was done. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic multinodular goiter. The doctor recommended surgery, but Margaret is unable to raise the required funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 13th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Margaret says: "I really look forward to getting well and going back to normal so that I can work like before and support my husband in providing for our family.”

38% funded

38%funded
$364raised
$572to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Margaret

Margaret is a 41-year-old who works jobs she can find in her neighborhood. She hails from Baringo County in Kenya and is married with 8 children aged between 26 and three years old. Together with her husband, they work on their farm and other people's farms to earn a living. They also get their school fees for their kids from this work. Their family lives in a grass-thatched house. Fifteen years ago, Margaret began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has continuously grown over the years. Before she was seen by our medical partner's doctors, Margaret had tried to seek medication from different hospitals but she could not receive treatment because of financial strain. She opted for herbal treatments, which did not improve her condition either. Her thyroid condition has affected her general well-being and she cannot carry out her day-to-day duties normally since she gets tired easily. This has affected her daily income and support for her family. Margaret attended one of the free medical camps held at Kapsowar Hospital and after examination by the doctors, an ultrasound was done. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic multinodular goiter. The doctor recommended surgery, but Margaret is unable to raise the required funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 13th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Margaret says: "I really look forward to getting well and going back to normal so that I can work like before and support my husband in providing for our family.”

38% funded

38%funded
$364raised
$572to go