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Annet from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Annet
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Annet's treatment was fully funded on August 25, 2021.
April 4, 2022

Annet did not yet undergo a hysterectomy.

Our medical partner shared an update that despite efforts to reach Annet, they have not been able to. It is a difficult time and she may have moved away from their area. They hope she will return for treatment, but have asked that we support another patient in need right now. Thank you for your understanding.

Our medical partner shared an update that despite efforts to reach Annet, they have not been able to. It is a difficult time and she may hav...

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August 10, 2021

Annet is a 49-year-old farmer and a married mother of six children, who are all students. She and her husband tend to their small piece of land and also take up casual labor to support their family. In her free time, Annet loves to listen to music.

For nine months, Annet has been experiencing severe bleeding and other symptoms that make her day-to-day life difficult. She is not able to go to the farm often due to back pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. After visiting a local hospital, she was diagnosed with intraendometrial bleeding. Without treatment, she is at risk of severe anemia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Annet’s surgery. On August 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Annet will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Annet shared, “I desire to be treated and regain my health back. I want to continue farming to provide for my children and make their dreams come true.”

Annet is a 49-year-old farmer and a married mother of six children, who are all students. She and her husband tend to their small piece of l...

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Annet's Timeline

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Annet was scheduled to receive 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.

  • April 4, 2022
    FUNDING ENDED

    Annet is no longer raising funds.

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Annet's treatment did not happen. 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 Annet'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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