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Success! Aisha from Uganda raised $307 to fund a laparotomy procedure.

Aisha
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  • $307 raised, $0 to go
$307
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Aisha's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Aisha post-operation

August 17, 2017

Aisha underwent a laparotomy procedure.

She is very happy that she can walk, laugh, and smile again without pain. She will return to work to support her children.

She says, “I am so glad for getting help for my treatment and I pray God to bless donors for the helping heart.”

She is very happy that she can walk, laugh, and smile again without pain. She will return to work to support her children. She says, "I ...

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July 20, 2017

Aisha is a 25-year-old woman from rural Uganda. She has two children, and she and her husband work as small farmers. They grow food crops primarily for home consumption, including beans, potatoes, cassava, and vegetables. They sell some of their surplus food to support their family. During her free time, Aisha likes to play with her children, go to church, and visit her friends and relatives.

For the past year, Aisha has had a painful ovarian cyst. This cyst has caused Aisha to experience a lot of discomfort and pain, and her doctors have suggested that Aisha should undergo a laparotomy to remove the mass.

On July 21, surgeons at Bwindi Community Hospital will perform a laparatomy procedure on Aisha. The $307 requested by our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, to fund Aisha’s treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, medication, supplies, and surgeon time. After recovery, Aisha is looking forward to continue with her farming.

Aisha is a 25-year-old woman from rural Uganda. She has two children, and she and her husband work as small farmers. They grow food crops pr...

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Aisha's Timeline

  • July 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aisha was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • July 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aisha received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aisha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Aisha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This surgery has no cultural significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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