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Success! Nshemereirwe from Uganda raised $228 to fund gynecological surgery so she can resume work and make ends meet.

Nshemereirwe
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  • $228 raised, $0 to go
$228
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nshemereirwe's treatment was fully funded on July 16, 2021.

Photo of Nshemereirwe post-operation

August 8, 2021

Nshemereirwe underwent gynecological surgery so she can resume work and make ends meet.

Nshemereirwe underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to uterine fibroids. She had a successful surgery and is in good health as she heals. She’s relieved that this surgery reduced her bleeding and pain, and she’s hopeful to resume farming soon.

Nshemereirwe says, “Thank you WATSI for making my surgery a success. I had lost hope and I knew the situation would get worse in the long run, yet I could not afford the surgery; may God reward you. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”

Nshemereirwe underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to uterine fibroids. She had a successful surgery and is in good health as she hea...

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July 9, 2021

Nshemereirwe is a middle-aged woman who works hard in her piece of land to make ends meet for her family. She was not able to bear children of her own but is a stepmother to six children.

For the past six months, Nshemereirwe has been experiencing chronic lower abdominal pain and menorrhagia. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She tried managing the pain with tablets but with no improvements. When Nshemereirwe was reviewed at our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital, doctors recommended that she have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $228 to fund Nshemereirwe’s procedure so that she can be treated. On July 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Nshemereirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Nshemereirwe shares, “The back pains are troubling and I hope to be treated and resume farming as soon as I recover.”

Nshemereirwe is a middle-aged woman who works hard in her piece of land to make ends meet for her family. She was not able to bear children ...

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Nshemereirwe's Timeline

  • July 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nshemereirwe was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nshemereirwe received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nshemereirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nshemereirwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nshemereirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Nshemereirwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
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 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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