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Success! Vangilista from Uganda raised $219 to fund surgery so she can live pain-free.

Vangilista
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vangilista's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2022.

Photo of Vangilista post-operation

July 10, 2022

Vangilista underwent surgery so she can live pain-free.

Vangilista underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! She is thrilled to report that her previous symptoms have disappeared. Upon full recovery, Vangilista plans to resume her farming.

Vangilista shared, “Thank you so much for helping me. I was badly off and was worried that I would die due to bleeding but thank God to see that I am now healthy.”

Vangilista underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! She is thrilled to report that her previous symptoms have disappeared. Upon ...

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March 22, 2022

Vangilista is a 44-year-old woman from southwestern Uganda. She and her husband are both trained as teachers. While her husband still works as a teacher, Vangilista ventured into farming due to the better pay opportunities in their community.

For the last four years, Vangilista has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and other worrisome symptoms. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. Although she has visited different hospitals for treatments, she has been unable to find relief. When Vangilista learned about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), she was able to visit their hospital for review. Doctors at AMH determined that she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

On March 23rd, Vangilista will undergo surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, she will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund her procedure.

Vangilista shared, “I hope to get relief from my pain and heal once given your support to undergo surgery.”

Vangilista is a 44-year-old woman from southwestern Uganda. She and her husband are both trained as teachers. While her husband still works ...

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Vangilista's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vangilista's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vangilista 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.

  • June 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vangilista's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vangilista's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Vangilista'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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