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Success! Grace from Uganda raised $307 to fund a laparotomy.

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Grace's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2017.

Photo of Grace post-operation

July 24, 2017

Grace underwent a laparotomy.

Grace’s abdominal laparotomy surgery went well, and the ovarian mass that was causing her so much pain was successfully removed. Her uterus was not removed, so she still may be able to have more children some day. Grace has gone home to continue her recovery but will be able to return to work full time soon.

“As a single mother, I just did not have enough money to pay for surgery,” says Grace, “and it has been very difficult to live with the pain and bleeding. The donors have helped me and my child so much. Thank you.”

Grace's abdominal laparotomy surgery went well, and the ovarian mass that was causing her so much pain was successfully removed. Her uterus ...

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May 25, 2017

Grace is a 25-year-old mother of one from Kanungu in rural Uganda. Grace works at a local school as a matron for the young girls. When she is not at work, she likes to dig on her small piece of land and grow food.

Grace has been diagnosed with an ovarian mass and has been experiencing pelvic bleeding for the last six months. She has now been diagnosed with anemia.

Surgeons have recommended Grace for a laparotomy procedure to remove the ovarian mass. Grace will undergo surgery on Mary 25. As she cannot afford to pay the hospital and surgery costs by herself, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for help to raise $307 in funds.

After she recovers from her surgery, Grace hopes to go back and continue working at her school. Grace thanks the donors for their support.

Grace is a 25-year-old mother of one from Kanungu in rural Uganda. Grace works at a local school as a matron for the young girls. When she i...

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Grace's Timeline

  • May 25, 2017

    Grace was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • May 25, 2017

    Grace received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • June 5, 2017

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 5, 2017

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Grace'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?

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

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

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

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

This surgery has no cultural significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

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

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

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

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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