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Success! Twebaze from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Twebaze
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Twebaze's treatment was fully funded on December 11, 2020.

Photo of Twebaze post-operation

February 9, 2021

Twebaze underwent a hysterectomy.

Twebaze had a successful hysterectomy treatment! She has some headache and nausea but was given drugs to relieve them and is feeling well. She’s relieved to have her symptoms finally gone and feels a burden has been lifted

Twebaze said, “I thank you for the good heart you have had for my health restoration. We can never take it for granted. I will continue with my work of serving patients too since I am a nurse and I was called to serve humanity.”

Twebaze had a successful hysterectomy treatment! She has some headache and nausea but was given drugs to relieve them and is feeling well. S...

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August 19, 2020

Twebaze is a nurse from Uganda. Twebaze is a married mother to three children, all are in school. The first one is in senior four while the last one is in senior one. She runs a drug store and her husband teaches construction at a private technical institute. They have both suffered financially due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Twenty years ago, Twebaze began experiencing painful and heavy menstrual periods. She has been diagnosed with adenomyosis. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Twebaze’s surgery. On August 20th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Twebaze will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Twebaze says, “I hope to get much better because this condition has been a big issue to me all along. I will continue with my work after I have fully recovered.”

Twebaze is a nurse from Uganda. Twebaze is a married mother to three children, all are in school. The first one is in senior four while the ...

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Twebaze's Timeline

  • August 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Twebaze's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Twebaze 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.

  • December 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Twebaze's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Twebaze's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Profile 48x48 photo on 2011 11 01 at 23.01  2

Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Twebaze'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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