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Success! Bobreen from Uganda raised $284 to fund surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction.

Bobreen
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  • $284 raised, $0 to go
$284
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Bobreen's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2022.

Photo of Bobreen post-operation

November 17, 2022

Bobreen underwent surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction.

Bobreen had a successful curative laparotomy at Rushoroza Hospital. She is now completely feeding and passing stool and is no longer facing stomach issues. Her parents are very happy and thank the donor program for restoring their child’s health through financial support. They thank Rushoroza Hospital for the good services and care otherwise, they shared, they had lost hope. Bobreen is now back home and doing well.

Bobreen’s father says, “I am happy that my daughter had a successful surgery and is looking good and better. She will live a healthy life from now onwards and I thank all involved for restoring my lost hope. May God bless you.”

Bobreen had a successful curative laparotomy at Rushoroza Hospital. She is now completely feeding and passing stool and is no longer facing ...

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September 12, 2022

Bobreen is a beautiful 21-month-old girl, living with her parents in Uganda. Her father works as a vehicle mechanic, while her mother is a secondary school teacher. They rent two rooms for shelter for their family. During her free time, Bobreen enjoys playing with the other children in the neighborhood.

Two months ago, Bobreen began to experience troubling symptoms, including a severe cough. She was brought to Rugarama Hospital, and was given treatment for the cough. The cough persisted, even after Bobreen completed the medication. On August 31st, her parents decided to bring her to Rushoroza Hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was treated, but as the time for her to be discharged grew nearer, Bobreen developed a swollen stomach. A nasal gastric tube was inserted, and this helped to decompress her abdomen. She improved for a few days, and started to feed normally, but her stomach started swelling again. Subsequently, Bobreen was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction. Bobreen needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse, but her parents cannot afford it.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help. Bobreen is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy surgery on September 12th at Rushoroza Hospital. This procedure will cost $284, and Bobreen and her family need your support.

Bobreen’s father says: “I pray that my daughter gets the necessary treatment so that she may be able to live a normal and better life. I pledge to educate her to the highest level possible, so that she can in turn be able to help others.”

Bobreen is a beautiful 21-month-old girl, living with her parents in Uganda. Her father works as a vehicle mechanic, while her mother is a s...

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Bobreen's Timeline

  • September 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bobreen was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bobreen 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.

  • September 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bobreen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bobreen's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bobreen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $284 for Bobreen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$179
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$46
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • 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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Mo

Mo is a 72-year-old woman who lives with her friend and friend’s grandson in Burma. During her free time, she enjoys selling vegetables that she foraged. She and her friend are both domestic workers, but Mo had to stop working two months ago due to her worsening condition. Once she stopped working, they began having difficulty purchasing food for themselves. However, Mo shares that her neighbors kindly started providing them with donated food, helping them get by. One day while washing clothes, Mo noticed that her lower left leg and foot were swollen and in pain. Over time, she developed multiple ulcers on the swollen area. She eventually stopped working and sought medical treatment at a nearby village clinic. However, the medication she received unfortunately did not help her condition, and she could not seek treatment elsewhere due to financial constraints. Over time, the ulcers became larger and more painful, preventing her from putting any weight on her left foot and walking. Her condition is also causing her to experience weakness, difficulty sleeping, a decreased appetite, and emotional distress. After a worried neighbor took a picture of Mo and posted it on Facebook explaining her situation and requesting the assistance of donors, a charity group saw the post and traveled to Mo’s house. One of the group's members is a doctor and recommended that she visit a hospital due to her leg being badly infected. The charity group members brought her to our medical partner's care center Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). There, Mo underwent a physical examination and was diagnosed with chronic ulcers due to Buerger’s disease, a condition that affects blood vessels in the body, causing them to swell. This can prevent blood flow and lead to clots forming. Her doctor recommends that her left leg, which has began turning black from the knee down, be amputated as soon as possible due to it being severely infected. Mo shared that neither she nor the charity group have enough money to fund her needed surgery. Fortunately, a doctor recommended Mo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, who is helping her receive treatment. On August 4th, surgeons will perform a leg amputation, which will hopefully alleviate Mo from her pain and discomfort. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Mo shares, “At first, I felt hopeless, and I would cry every day and night. I had no one that I could ask for help. I am no longer able to bear this pain. I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me.”

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$1,107raised
$393to go

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