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Tumuramye from Uganda raised $319 to fund a hysterectomy.

Tumuramye
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  • $319 raised, $0 to go
$319
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tumuramye's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2022.

Photo of Tumuramye post-operation

July 11, 2022

Tumuramye underwent surgery and has new hope for her future.

Tumuramye underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! While doctors planned for a hysterectomy, they were able to successfully remove the large fibroid without a full hysterectomy. Her family is thrilled with the results and excited for the future for the first time in a long while. Tumuramye and her husband shared that they are hoping to have a child soon and are thankful Tumuramye could undergo this procedure.

Tumuramye said, “I thank God for bringing the donor program into existence because my family could not have afforded my surgery. I thank you for restoring the lost hope of living a normal life again. May God bless you. I will continue with farming after my full recovery.”

Tumuramye underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! While doctors planned for a hysterectomy, they were able to successfully remo...

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March 31, 2022

Tumuramye is a small scale farmer and married to a lumber worker. Since 2020, Tumuramye has been experiencing lower abdominal pains accompanied by a palpable abdominal mass that is increasing in size. Tumuramye was diagnosed with large Intra-Mural Leiomyoma and needs to undergo a hysterectomy to prevent further complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumuramye raise $319 to fund this surgery. On April 4th, Tumuramye will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tumuramye will be able to finally resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tumuramye says, “I have lost hope of bearing children and am very worried about the future outcome if not treated on time. I hope to resume farming as soon as possible to support ourselves.”

Tumuramye is a small scale farmer and married to a lumber worker. Since 2020, Tumuramye has been experiencing lower abdominal pains accompan...

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Tumuramye's Timeline

  • March 31, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tumuramye was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumuramye received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumuramye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumuramye's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Tumuramye. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Tumuramye's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$14
Supplies
$53
Labs
$6
Other
$16
  • 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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mey Ching

Mey Ching comes from Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia. She lives with her parents - her father is a cook and her mother is a factory worker. She has a 15-year-old brother in grade seven and a 13-year-old sister in grade four. Mey Ching should be in second grade but is not currently in school because of her disability. She stays at home and likes to paint, watch TV and sit outside with her parents. Since birth, Mey Ching has had a condition with both of her legs which have become increasingly bowing outward at her knees. She cannot walk far and is in pain when she does. This has prevented her from attending school and socializing with peers. Mey Ching's parents traveled eight hours to Children's Surgical Centre for a diagnosis and treatment. Doctors have tentatively diagnosed her with a condition found in children that affects the growth plates around the knee. The disease causes the growth plate near the inside of the knee to either slow down or stop making new bone. She will need an operation to correct both of her bowing tibias. If not treated, it can lead to progressive deformities of her legs however surgical treatment will correct her bowed legs. Mey Ching's family needs help to pay for this $521 procedure at CSC to save their daughter from permanent disability. Mey Ching's mother said: "We are so worried that Mey Ching will never walk or attend school. We are hopeful that the doctors at CSC can fix her legs so she can go to school and play with friends."

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