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Success! Gloria from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

Gloria
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gloria's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Gloria post-operation

September 28, 2017

Gloria underwent a hysterectomy.

After treatment, Gloria feels relieved from abdominal pains and bleeding. Gloria has hopes that now she will be able to return to her activities normally.

She says, “I thank donors for helping pay for my treatment and i pray God to bless donors.”

After treatment, Gloria feels relieved from abdominal pains and bleeding. Gloria has hopes that now she will be able to return to her activi...

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July 25, 2017

Gloria is a 50-year-old member of the Twa tribe in Uganda. She is a small farmer, and her husband works as a lumberjack in the forest surrounding their village. Gloria and her husband have five children together, and the majority of their income goes towards supporting their schooling.

In her spare time, Gloria enjoys weaving baskets, which she sells in craft shops. She also serves as the treasurer of the village savings and loan group, which helps its members learn to manage their money. In the evenings, she enjoys listening to the radio, especially the announcements of when a new baby has been born.

For some time, Gloria has been experiencing severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. She was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs $321 to fund a hysterectomy procedure, scheduled for July 29.

After her surgery, Gloria is looking forward to being able to dig in her fields again so she can provide for her children. She thanks the donors for their support and hopes they continue to have helping hearts for those in need.

Gloria is a 50-year-old member of the Twa tribe in Uganda. She is a small farmer, and her husband works as a lumberjack in the forest surrou...

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Gloria's Timeline

  • July 25, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gloria was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • July 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gloria 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gloria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gloria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gloria's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Gloria's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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