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

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Jolly's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2017.

Photo of Jolly post-operation

July 24, 2017

Jolly underwent a hysterectomy.

It will take some time for Jolly to completely recover from her hysterectomy surgery, but she is already feeling so much better. When she is completely recovered, farming should be much easier for her. While at the hospital, she also received a pair of donated reading glasses that help her to see close work so much better. She is able to read her Bible more easily and is hoping to start weaving again.

“I am feeling so much better,” says Jolly, “I had been suffering for many years. The donors have given me a new life and I wish to tell them all ‘Thank you very much.’”

It will take some time for Jolly to completely recover from her hysterectomy surgery, but she is already feeling so much better. When she is...

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May 22, 2017

Jolly is a 46-year-old woman living in Uganda with her husband and six children. She enjoys weaving tablecloths, works as a subsistence farmer to feed her family, and grows coffee to sell for additional income.

For the past seven years, Jolly has been experiencing uncomfortable gynecological problems which have caused her severe pain and discomfort. To treat her condition, doctors have recommended a total vaginal hysterectomy. Jolly’s symptoms have made it difficult for her to work, which has been very hard on her and her family.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $321 to fund Jolly’s hysterectomy, which is scheduled for May 26. Jolly is excited to have her surgery so she can get back to supporting her family. She would like to tell donors how much she appreciates the help they have her given her.

Jolly is a 46-year-old woman living in Uganda with her husband and six children. She enjoys weaving tablecloths, works as a subsistence farm...

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Jolly's Timeline

  • May 22, 2017

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

  • May 26, 2017

    Jolly received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • June 08, 2017

    Jolly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017

    Jolly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 23, 2017

    Jolly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Jolly's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Raihana’s mother says, “I am grateful, hopeful and thankful, for I believe my child will receive the surgery she needs to be well. Thank you all so much.” This is Raihana, a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of four kids. She has started kindergarten, and is so excited to go to school every day—except for the days when her legs cause her pain. When Raihana turned one year old, her parents noticed that her legs were not straight. They took her to different local hospitals, where they were given vitamins. As Raihana grew up she began to experience pain and difficulty walking. When walking even a short distance, she would have to sit down frequently. Raihana was eventually diagnosed with windswept deformity, meaning her right leg is bent outward and her left leg is bent inward. If Raihan is not treated, walking will be an ordeal for her for the rest of her life. She might even have to drop out of school permanently. Raihana’s parents—a stay-at-home mother and a small businessman—cannot afford to pay for the corrective surgery that she needs. But for $838, we can help. Reaching this fundraising goal will allow us to sponsor Raihana's operation on September 8, as well as her hospital stay, lab tests, and three months at a physical rehabilitation center after the procedure. Let’s help Raihana stay excited about kindergarten—and all of the education that the future holds for her—by making sure she can walk to and from school comfortably.

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