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Success! Katushabe from Uganda raised $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

Katushabe
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Katushabe's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2019.

Photo of Katushabe post-operation

November 10, 2019

Katushabe underwent a hysterectomy.

Katushabe received a successful total abdominal hysterectomy treatment due to multiple uterine myomas and menorrhagia. She has relieved of persistent bleeding and will live without seeing such blood as she used to before. Pain and discomfort have been relieved as well. She will have an improved quality of life after recovering.

Katushabe says “I am surely appreciative for the work well done in supporting my surgery as I was not able to make through without your assistance. I will do farming after I recover.”

Katushabe received a successful total abdominal hysterectomy treatment due to multiple uterine myomas and menorrhagia. She has relieved of p...

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October 8, 2019

Katushabe is a peasant farmer from Uganda. Katushabe is a middle-aged woman, a mother of three children from Uganda. She visited our facility with complaints of excessive menstrual bleeding for about three months. Previously, she had been to a different facility where she was transfused secondary to excessive blood loss. However, surgery was advised. Upon review in our facility, Katushabe was diagnosed with menorrhagia second-degree uterine myoma and total abdominal hysterectomy recommended. She currently is not able to work on the farm especially when she starts bleeding. If not treated, Katushabe is at risk of anaemia which might be fatal for her.Katushabe and her husband tend to their small farm to provide for their children. Their children are still in school. They are small scale farmers whose farm output is quite low. With limited income, Katushabe is not able to meet the cost of treatment in our facility. She has been enrolled in the program to fund-raise for her surgery. She hopes to recover soon and go back to her work.

About three months ago, Katushabe has been experiencing Excessive bleeding. She has been diagnosed with sub mucosal uterine myoma and menorrhagia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Katushabe’s surgery. On October 10, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Katushabe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Katushabe says, “I pray that I get well so that I go on with cultivation after surgery.”

Katushabe is a peasant farmer from Uganda. Katushabe is a middle-aged woman, a mother of three children from Uganda. She visited our facilit...

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Katushabe's Timeline

  • October 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Katushabe was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Katushabe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Katushabe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Katushabe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 02, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Katushabe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Katushabe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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