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Success! Allen from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

Allen
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Allen's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2017.

Photo of Allen post-operation

March 9, 2017

Allen underwent a successful hysterectomy.

Allen is smiling again now that she is pain-free after her hysterectomy. While still sore from surgery, her pain has mostly been eliminated. She is back home recuperating. Her husband, Godi, is so happy to have her home and feeling better.

“I look forward to being able to do things without pain and enjoy life again. I give thanks for the generosity of all the donors,” says Allen.

Allen is smiling again now that she is pain-free after her hysterectomy. While still sore from surgery, her pain has mostly been eliminated....

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January 17, 2017

Allen is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband have five children. Allen enjoys weaving mats and socializing with other women in the village. She also likes to listen to music and news programs on the radio. One of her greatest joys is singing in the church choir.

For the last year, Allen has been experiencing uterine pain. Eventually, she decided to visit a doctor. The doctors at our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, believe she may have uterine cancer and have advised her to undergo a total hysterectomy. She is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 20.

Allen’s husband, Goti, works as a social studies teacher at the local school, and Allen helps the family by growing vegetables and grains. She also grows coffee to sell for extra income. They have contributed $7 to her care, but their income is not enough to pay her full medical bill. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $321 for this surgery.

“I would like to express much appreciation to the donors for helping my wife and our family,” says Goti. “It is a great blessing.”

Allen is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband have five children. Allen enjoys weaving mats and socializing with other women...

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Allen's Timeline

  • January 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Allen was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Allen received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • January 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Allen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Allen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 12, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Allen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Allen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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