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Ustina is a 30-year-old small scale farmer from Uganda who needs $284 to fund treatment an for ovarian cyst.

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October 7, 2021

Ustina is a 30-year-old small-scale farmer and a mother of two children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and the family lives together in a two-room home. Their oldest child is 10 years old in primary school class two, while their youngest child is six years old and in primary school class one. During her free time, Ustina enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her children.

Four months ago, Ustina began experiencing troubling symptoms including bleeding and severe abdominal pain. She was given medication at a local health facility and experienced temporary relief from her symptoms, but the heavy bleeding began again in July. She visited another health clinic and was eventually diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. If her condition is not treated, she is likely to have an ovarian torsion which could damage her ovaries.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ustina receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on October 7th at AMH’s care center. Now, Ustina and her family need help raising $284 to cover the cost of her procedure and care.

Ustina shared, “I am worried I may not deliver again, I need help. I have my only hope through surgery but my husband and I cannot afford the surgery. I hope to comfortably resume farming as soon as I get treatment.”

Ustina is a 30-year-old small-scale farmer and a mother of two children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and the family lives toget...

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Ustina's Timeline

  • October 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ustina was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 7, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ustina was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ustina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ustina is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Ustina's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $284 for Ustina'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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Mercy

Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

85% funded

85%funded
$867raised
$148to go

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