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Success! Komugisha from Uganda raised $219 to fund gynecological surgery.

Komugisha
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$219
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$0
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Komugisha's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2021.

Photo of Komugisha post-operation

January 7, 2021

Komugisha underwent gynecological surgery.

Komugisha had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. After surgery she was feeling some limited pain on her surgical site, but she quickly improved. She is feeling very hopeful to live more happily as she no longer has all the symptoms she was experiencing. She’s eager to be home and have an improved quality of life as she recovers.

Komugisha shared, “I really need to appreciate you for the efforts you initiated for my surgery. If it hadn’t been your assistance financially, I would not have made it.”

Komugisha had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. After surgery she was feeling some limited pain on her surgical site, but she quick...

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September 10, 2020

Komugisha is a farmer from Uganda who is married with two children: one in sixth grade and the other in seventh. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver.

Since three months ago, Komugisha has been experiencing inter-menstrual bleeding and pain. She has been diagnosed with Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding and Endometrial Hyperplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Komugisha’s surgery. On September 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Komugisha says: “I will be grateful when I am supported. I will continue with farming when I am relieved from this burden.”

Komugisha is a farmer from Uganda who is married with two children: one in sixth grade and the other in seventh. Her husband is a motorcycle...

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Komugisha's Timeline

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Komugisha was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Komugisha received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • January 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Komugisha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Komugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Komugisha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
Other
$11
  • 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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Annastasia

Annastasia is a very joyful lady. The 47-year-old is married and has five children. Two of her children have already finished school and are not yet financially stable. Her husband does not have a job but is sometimes able to get work as a bus driver when they need more help. Annastasia used to sell charcoal but she stopped the business three months ago when she fell ill and started her treatment process. In September of this year, she noticed a mass in her right breast. Three days later, she went to a facility near her home area, was examined, and told that she had mastitis. She was immediately admitted, put on medication and a few days later, she was discharged. While at home, she noticed that the swelling was getting bigger. She went back to the facility, was examined again, and referred to another nearby facility. In the facility scans and test were done and she was immediately referred to Kijabe Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival at Kijabe hospital, Annastasia was scheduled for urgent surgery. However, she is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery and is appealing for financial aid. Annastasia has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Annastasia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 30th. After treatment, Annastasia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Annastasia says, "When I was told that the mass could be cancerous if not removed, I felt helpless and knew that it was over for me.”

75% funded

75%funded
$833raised
$277to go

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