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

Ngonzi
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  • $268 raised, $0 to go
$268
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$0
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Fully funded
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
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ngonzi was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngonzi received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngonzi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngonzi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngonzi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $268 for Ngonzi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$182
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$76
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Victor

Victor is a student and the oldest of six in his family who live together in a grass thatched house. His parents are farmers in the village, and they grow maize and beans for their family’s upkeep. Victor was born with a complete absence of fingers on his left hand, which has forced him to learn how to do all tasks with his right hand including cooking and laundry. On March 11th, 2021, eighteen-year-old Victor was injured in a motorcycle road traffic accident. He was a passenger when the motorcycle slid on mud and fell. He sustained an injury on his lower leg, and his leg was placed in a cast shortly after the accident. A few weeks later, his condition worsened and his wounds started having signs of infection. His parents brought him to the hospital, where doctors conducted an X-ray which revealed a left tibia-fibula fracture. Victor is in pain and unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 25th, Victor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, Victor will be able to walk again and engage in his normal activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,014 to fund this procedure and his family has been able to contribute $100. Victor is a diligent student, and he scheduled his surgery to begin after he sits for his final exams. He says, “I would have wished to undergo the surgery as soon as possible but I am sitting for my exams this coming week. My prayer is that I won’t be in so much pain so that I can sit for my exams comfortably.” Victor’s mother is appealing to anyone reading his son's story to help her raise money for a successful surgery.

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