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Friday is a mom from Uganda who needs $297 to fund ovarian surgery.

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May 19, 2020

Friday is a widow and a mother of three. She arrived at the hospital with two months’ history of pelvic pain associated with difficulty in movement and loss of weight. She is in severe pain with right and left iliac masses of different measurements. Doctors completed scans/tests and she was diagnosed with ovarian masses. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Friday will not be able to do her work due to severe pain, and her pelvic masses may develop into carcinomas.

Friday is a small-scale farmer who grows beans and potatoes for home consumption. Her husband died in 2011 and left her with two children. One is now 15 years old and in primary school class six and another one who is 9 years old is in primary school class five. She later had another child who is 5 years old and in preschool.

Friday managed to construct a two-room semi-permanent house to shelter her family, and is on her own to raise her children. She gets their school fees through selling part of what she produces from farming, but cannot afford additional surgery charges.

Friday shared with us, “I had planned to stop my children from going to school because I cannot afford their school fees in my condition. Given the opportunity with the surgery, I look forward to resuming farming to be able to take care of my children.”

Friday is a widow and a mother of three. She arrived at the hospital with two months’ history of pelvic pain associated with difficulty in m...

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Friday's Timeline

  • May 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Friday was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 20, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Friday was scheduled to receive treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • May 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Friday's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Friday is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Friday's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $297 for Friday's treatment
Hospital Fees
$206
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$46
Labs
$20
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The symptoms would vary depending on the condition being treated. Most curative laparotomies are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness. A curative laparotomy could address a range of abdominal conditions, such as an ovarian tumor, stomach cancer, liver cancer, cholecystitis, abscess, and others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

It depends on the nature of the condition, but most curative laparotomies at Watsi's Medical Partner AMH Care Centers are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Dependent on the exact condition. Stomach ulcers, ovarian tumors, and cancer are increasingly becoming common in Africa.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery lasts around three hours with the patient being discharged home after 3 days. They are continuously monitored in the hospital wards.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The procedure is done with the intent of removing the pathology and curing the condition.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Medium surgical risk, overall, the risk of surgery is less than the risk of doing nothing. If the condition is cancer and caught early enough, it is treatable. If the condition is benign, such as cholecystitis, then the laparotomy is curative.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality hospitals with adequate resources and expertise to treat most of the conditions that could be diagnosed by a laparotomy.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For most abdominal tumors there is no alternative to removing them.

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