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Elizabeth
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Elizabeth's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Elizabeth post-operation

July 24, 2017

Elizabeth underwent abdominal surgery.

Elizabeth had suffered for many years before having sigmoid colectomy surgery for chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Previously, she had had a total abdominal hysterectomy, which took all her savings, but did nothing to ease her distress. After she completely recovers, doctors expect that her quality of life will greatly improve and she should be able to return to work.

“I thank all the donors for the help with this surgery,” says Elizabeth, “which I could not afford. It is a great blessing and I will thank God for the relief from the pain.”

Elizabeth had suffered for many years before having sigmoid colectomy surgery for chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Previously, she had ha...

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June 10, 2017

“I thank the donors for helping me pay my hospital bills,” shares Elizabeth. “I have sold almost all of my property for my previous surgeries.”

Meet Elizabeth, a 53-year-old woman from rural Uganda. Since her husband’s death twenty years ago, Elizabeth has raised her sons and daughters as a single mother. In addition to caring for the children, she provided them with food and a bit of income from her work as a farmer of bananas, beans, and cassava.

Now that the children are grown, it is one of Elizabeth’s greatest joys to talk to them about their futures during her free time.

In 2010, Elizabeth was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, and had an operation to remedy the problem. But since then, Elizabeth has continued to have related symptoms that interfere with her daily life, such as recurrent abdominal pains.

Elizabeth needs to undergo a laparotomy (exploratory surgery conducted by making an incision in the abdomen) so that her doctors can better determine what is causing her pain, and decide what course of action to take. She is scheduled for the procedure on June 11.

Although Elizabeth he cannot afford to pay for this operation on her own, we can help. $307 will sponsor her surgery, as well as the associated lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay.

This laparotomy will be a major step towards relieving Elizabeth’s pain and GI discomfort.

“I thank the donors for helping me pay my hospital bills,” shares Elizabeth. “I have sold almost all of my property for my previous surgerie...

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Elizabeth's Timeline

  • June 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 11, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elizabeth 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.

  • July 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elizabeth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elizabeth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elizabeth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Elizabeth'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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