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Success! Pauline from Uganda raised $307 to fund removal of an ovarian cyst.

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

Photo of Pauline post-operation

August 18, 2017

Pauline underwent removal of an ovarian cyst.

Pauline will be relieved from lower abdominal pains and backaches. Her doctors say she will be able to resume her work after a complete recovery.

“I would like to thank all the donors,” says Pauline. “These last six months have been very difficult.”

Pauline will be relieved from lower abdominal pains and backaches. Her doctors say she will be able to resume her work after a complete reco...

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July 9, 2017

Pauline is a 27-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She works as a nursing assistant at a local health unit. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball with community members and learning how to cook new dishes. She has one very active son and likes to play with him and her husband in the evenings.

Pauline has an ovarian cyst that has brought her lower abdominal pain and back aches for the past six months. It has made it difficult for her to work and play with her son.

Pauline’s doctor recommended doing a laparotomy to have the cyst removed. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 to fund Pauline’s surgery.

After a successful surgery and recovery, Pauline looks forward to going back to work and playing sports again in her free time.

Pauline says, “I very much appreciate the support from the donors and well-wishers that are contributing their resources for the needy people to access such life changing surgeries. And may God bless you abundantly.”

Pauline is a 27-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She works as a nursing assistant at a local health unit. In her free time, she enjoys pla...

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Pauline's Timeline

  • July 9, 2017

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

  • July 10, 2017

    Pauline 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 8, 2017

    Pauline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2017

    Pauline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018

    Pauline's treatment was fully funded.

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Funded by 1 donor

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Pauline's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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