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Success! Ngonzi from Uganda raised $268 to fund a hysterectomy.

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Ngonzi's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Ngonzi post-operation

August 21, 2017

Ngonzi underwent a hysterectomy.

Ngonzi’s total abdominal hysterectomy was a success. She is no longer at risk of cancer. After recovery, she will be able to do any work.

Ngonzi says, “I feel better and I am happy. I am excited that I am going to have good health and I’ll no longer bleed or get cancer of the uterus. After recovery I will continue farming because I will be well. Thank you very much; I cannot thank you enough. I request you to continue helping others.”

Ngonzi’s total abdominal hysterectomy was a success. She is no longer at risk of cancer. After recovery, she will be able to do any work. ...

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April 20, 2017

Ngonzi is a mother of three. She has one boy and two girls. Ngonzi and her husband work as farmers. They cultivate food for consumption at home and tend to their cows. They sell any surplus products from their farming and cows in order to pay for their children’s education.

Ngonzi has had heavy and prolonged bleeding for over a month now. She reported her condition to a hospital, where she was given medication. The medication reduced the level of bleeding, thereby prompting Ngonzi to stop taking the medication per her doctor’s instructions.

Two days after she stopped taking the medication, Ngonzi saw the bleeding increase again. She also experienced abdominal pain and dizziness.

Out of fear that her symptoms might worsen, Ngonzi decided to visit the hospital for another check. The doctors at our medical partner’s care center diagnosed Ngonzi with benign endometrial hyperplasia, an overgrowth of uterine lining. They advised that she have a total abdominal hysterectomy.

If Ngonzi does not receive treatment, the bleeding will increase, and she will run the risk of her condition becoming cancerous. Luckily, she will be getting her treatment on April 25. She needs help to raise $268.

After her surgery, Ngonzi will be free of pain and able to go back to her day-to-day life.

Ngonzi says, “After surgery I will be able to continue farming because the pain will have gone away.”

Ngonzi is a mother of three. She has one boy and two girls. Ngonzi and her husband work as farmers. They cultivate food for consumption at h...

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Ngonzi's Timeline

  • April 20, 2017

    Ngonzi was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 25, 2017

    Ngonzi received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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 13, 2017

    Ngonzi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017

    Ngonzi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Ngonzi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $268 for Ngonzi'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?

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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Peace is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She got married in 2003, but separated from her husband 10 years later because she could not bear children for their family. She returned to her parents house who are small-scale farmers where she has since been assisting them on the farm. They sell farm produce for their daily basic needs. Four years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has been progressively growing in size. She decided to see a doctor who confirmed she had a goitre. Peace was given treatment but the swelling didn't disappear, so she tried herbal medication but it did not help either. Currently, she experiences chest pains whenever she coughs, she cannot turn her neck comfortably, and she feels dizzy whenever she travels around. She also experiences airway blockage and has had to completely stop farming. Peace decided to visit Rushoroza Hospital at last to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goitre and after a review by the surgeon, a thyroidectomy is recommended. Peace needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse, however her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Pease says, “I hope to live a normal life again. I hope to get relieved of the neck swelling through surgery so that I can comfortably continue my day-to-day activities especially farming.”

43% funded

$188to go

Emily is a kind 26-year-old woman who recently got engaged to her childhood friend. She is the fourth born in a family of 7 and lives with both of her parents. One day in 2008, Emily started to experience severe abdominal pains. The pains kept increasing and she could not pass stool. On the third day, her parents rushed her the hospital where a diagnosis of bowel obstruction was made. She was taken to the operating room and had an ileostomy done as a temporary treatment for the bowel obstruction. An ileostomy is an opening in the abdominal wall that is made during surgery, part of the small intestines are diverted through an opening in the abdomen called a stoma. A special bag is placed over the stoma to collect fecal matter that are unable to pass through the colon out of the body. An ileostomy is reversible since it is only made to provide a temporary passage for the release of stools out of the body while allowing healing of the operated part of the intestines/ bowels. Emily was scheduled for ileostomy reversal in July 2008 and the parents took her back to the hospital where she was admitted. She was later discharged home and the surgery rescheduled since the there were many patients in the waiting list. She has since had more than 7 admissions for the procedure but each time she is discharged and the surgery rescheduled. They kept going to the hospital and in 2011 they gave up since they were not getting help and had already spent a lot on transport and meals. Emily eventually dropped out of school due to discrimination and the stigma associated with the condition. She now uses cheap thin plastic papers as stoma bags as the family cannot afford to buy the all the bags due to financial constraints. She has grown to live with this condition. Despite all that has been in her way, Emily is still very hard working and earns a living from washing clothes at people's homes. This enables her to buy the plastic bags for the stoma. Often, she runs out of money to buy the bags and is forced to stay indoors. Recently, one of their neighbors had a thyroidectomy done at Partners in Hope Hospital under a special program and urged her parents to bring her for assessment. The surgeon reviewed her and indicated that the condition can still be corrected through laparotomy where an ileostomy reversal will be done. This surgery will greatly improve Emily’s life, restore her dignity as a human being and remove the emotional pain and torture that Emily has lived with the past 13 years. Her parents are seeking financial support to help their daughter undergo the surgery. “I remember that when I was young, I used to use the bathroom normally in the pit latrine. I pray that one day I will be able to use the toilet again. I hope that when I get married I will be like all other women and will not have to embarrass my husband with this condition," shared Emily with a shy smile on her face.

98% funded

$13to go

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