Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Buradina from Uganda raised $255 to fund leg surgery to heal her infection.

Buradina
100%
  • $255 raised, $0 to go
$255
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Buradina's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2022.

Photo of Buradina post-operation

August 8, 2022

Buradina underwent leg surgery to heal her infection.

Buradina is feeling relieved after a successful below knee amputation surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has reduced the chances of her diabetic foot deteriorating and spreading the infection in her body. Her doctors shared that she will live much more comfortable life from now onwards. She will even be able to take on farming again through supervision using her walking sticks and as she gains more mobility.

Buradina shared, “I’d like to thank this donor program for giving me hope of living a pain free life once again. I thank you for funding my surgery, my entire family is happy. May God protect and bless your ideas forever.”

Buradina is feeling relieved after a successful below knee amputation surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has reduced the chances of ...

Read more
June 2, 2022

Buradina is a 65-year-old small scale farmer who lives with her husband. Together they have four children who are now grown and starting families of their own.

Two months ago, Buradina stepped on a thorn that pierced one of the toes on her left foot. She pulled it out using her hand, but part of it remained in the toe. Her daughter tried to remove the thorn, but was also unable to do so. Buradina’s foot started to swell, and so she was taken to the hospital. While at the hospital for treatment - which ultimately was unsuccessful - Buradina was diagnosed with diabetes. Fortunately she traveled to our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital where her diabetes was stabilized. As the original wound on her toe hadn’t healed, the infection now spread to her foot. The doctors have worked with Buradina to make the best medical plan and an amputation of her leg below the knee is now the only option for Buradina as her foot is septic, which can be life threatening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $255 to fund Buradina’s surgery, which is scheduled for June 3rd at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, this procedure should allow her to live more comfortably. After recovering, Buradina is most looking forward to being able to work around the house, since she may no longer be able to work on the farm.

Buradina says: “I am in pain and my condition is worsening. My family cannot afford the surgery and my only hope to live a better life is through surgery. I hope and pray that I may be considered for treatment.”

Buradina is a 65-year-old small scale farmer who lives with her husband. Together they have four children who are now grown and starting fam...

Read more

Buradina's Timeline

  • June 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Buradina received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • June 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Buradina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Buradina's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Buradina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 logo 300x300 edcompass logo

Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 logo 300x300 edcompass logo
Treatment
Major Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $255 for Buradina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$149
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$49
Labs
$20
Other
$12
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms include: inability/difficulty in walking, severe pain, serious infection, non-healing ulcer. Amputation may be required for a large number of reasons, including trauma with irreversible or life-threatening damage to the limb; infection; snakebite; cancer or tumour; diabetes; damage to the blood vessels.

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

If a person has such a severe condition of the leg, then they will not be able to walk alone, work, study, or support their families. And the condition could be deadly if the amputation is not done.

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

It happen because often conditions which could have been treated earlier were not attended to because of lack of access to medical services in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Please refer to the AMH treatment process document.

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

Life-saving in the presence of infection, dead limb, or cancer. If the leg is useless or painful, then removing it will allow placement of a prosthesis (accounted for in the cost) and an increase in functional status.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Very treatable if caught in time. An amputation is not considered a high-risk surgical procedure. Any other diseases (like HIV or diabetes) will need to be treated at the same time.

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

Access to surgeons who can safely and cleanly perform amputations is not common. Patients will often go to traditional healers or small dispensaries receiving ineffective treatments before arriving at an equipped hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If there is an infection or cancer, medicines (or radiation for cancer) may halt the disease. But usually by the time the patient has been referred to the surgeon it is too late.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Alice

Alice is a cheerful and talkative 63-year-old farmer from Kenya. She has seven children, with her youngest being 14 and her oldest being 40. Although she is married, Alice works to support her children alone. She and her family live on a small piece of land, half of which is reserved for a tea plantation. She grows and sells this tea in order to pay her children's school fees and provide them with their day-to-day needs. 15 years ago, Alice began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, joint weakness, and constant fatigue. After attempting to alleviate her symptoms using herbal medication with no success, she decided to seek medical attention at a health center. The medics referred her to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, for diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, a friend provided her with money to pay for her transportation to the hospital. Once there, she was diagnosed with bilateral non-toxic multinodular goiter, meaning she has multiple lumps located within her thyroid glands. In order to stop her symptoms and prevent them from worsening, she must undergo surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Alice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 15th at AMHF's care center. During this procedure, surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This surgery will cost $936, and Alice and her family need help raising money. Alice says, “I would like to see my children achieve their dreams. I look forward to getting well to continue providing for and supporting them. Kindly help me.”

34% funded

34%funded
$325raised
$611to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Alice

Alice is a cheerful and talkative 63-year-old farmer from Kenya. She has seven children, with her youngest being 14 and her oldest being 40. Although she is married, Alice works to support her children alone. She and her family live on a small piece of land, half of which is reserved for a tea plantation. She grows and sells this tea in order to pay her children's school fees and provide them with their day-to-day needs. 15 years ago, Alice began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, joint weakness, and constant fatigue. After attempting to alleviate her symptoms using herbal medication with no success, she decided to seek medical attention at a health center. The medics referred her to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, for diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, a friend provided her with money to pay for her transportation to the hospital. Once there, she was diagnosed with bilateral non-toxic multinodular goiter, meaning she has multiple lumps located within her thyroid glands. In order to stop her symptoms and prevent them from worsening, she must undergo surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Alice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 15th at AMHF's care center. During this procedure, surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This surgery will cost $936, and Alice and her family need help raising money. Alice says, “I would like to see my children achieve their dreams. I look forward to getting well to continue providing for and supporting them. Kindly help me.”

34% funded

34%funded
$325raised
$611to go