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

Gorrete
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gorrete's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2016.

Photo of Gorrete post-operation

February 1, 2017

Gorrete underwent a successful hysterectomy.

After many years of discomfort, Gorette was able to travel back home feeling much better. She underwent a successful hysterectomy, which corrected her uterine prolapse. She can now do things that were too difficult before, such as attending women’s meetings, weaving mats, and taking care of her garden. She is looking forward to the future with her grandchildren.

“I will pray for the donors,” says Gorette. “They have helped me so much! I hope they can keep helping other women who need it also.”

After many years of discomfort, Gorette was able to travel back home feeling much better. She underwent a successful hysterectomy, which cor...

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October 25, 2016

60-year-old Gorrete lives with her four grandchildren in a rural Ugandan village. She is a subsistence farmer who grows ground nuts, maize, and beans.

For twenty years, Gorrete has lived with a uterine prolapse, a painful gynecological condition. She also experiences uncomfortable backaches.

Gorrete enjoys discussing issues with other women in her community. She was elected to be a legal advisor to council women experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, Gorrete’s condition has made it difficult for her to attend recent meetings.

On October 26, Gorrete underwent a hysterectomy. She needs help to fund this $321 procedure. After recovery, she plans to start a new business to support herself and her grandchildren.

“I pray to God to always lead donors…to support treatment for ladies who are hopeless,” shares Gorrete. “I will keep praying for them.”

60-year-old Gorrete lives with her four grandchildren in a rural Ugandan village. She is a subsistence farmer who grows ground nuts, maize, ...

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Gorrete's Timeline

  • October 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gorrete was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gorrete 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.

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gorrete's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gorrete's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gorrete's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Gorrete'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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