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Success! Tuhirweomugisha from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy to return to work to support her children's future.

Tuhirweomugisha
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$219
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tuhirweomugisha's treatment was fully funded on August 2, 2021.

Photo of Tuhirweomugisha post-operation

August 3, 2021

Tuhirweomugisha underwent a hysterectomy to return to work to support her children's future.

Tuhirweomugisha’s abdominal hysterectomy and right oophorectomy surgery was a success. The surgery reduced her pain she and protected her from any future complications.

Tuhirweomugisha says: “May God continue blessing the work of your hand and continue protecting you. I hope that am now fit and will continue farming to sustain my family.”

Tuhirweomugisha's abdominal hysterectomy and right oophorectomy surgery was a success. The surgery reduced her pain she and protected her fr...

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June 21, 2021

Tuhirweomugisha is a farmer and a 45-year-old mother of 4 children. All of her children are in school and she is the only provider for the family after losing her husband in 2002. Tuhirweomugisha has been working primarily as a small scale farmer and also is weaving of local baskets and mats to earn extra income.

11 months ago, Tuhirweomugisha has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain, poor appetite, along with other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion, which has the potential of turning into cancer if not treated. Tuhirweomugisha had initially gone to a hospital near her home where surgery recommended. However, the cost was very high and her only option was to sell her only piece of land, compromising her source of income which her children’s futures depend on. Instead, Tuhirweomugisha turned to our medical partner’s care center, Nyakibale Hospital. After review, she was diagnosed with the premalignant lesion and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus in order to suppress chances of the lesion turning cancerous and affecting her quality of life.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Tuhirweomugisha’s surgery. On June 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tuhirweomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities with ease.

Tuhirweomugisha hopes to return to her responsibilities soon, “I have failed to raise money for my hospital bill on my own and I hope that with your support, I will be able to regain my health and continue working hard through farming to provide for my children.”

Tuhirweomugisha is a farmer and a 45-year-old mother of 4 children. All of her children are in school and she is the only provider for the f...

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Tuhirweomugisha's Timeline

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tuhirweomugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tuhirweomugisha 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.

  • August 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tuhirweomugisha's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tuhirweomugisha'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 Tuhirweomugisha'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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