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Biryomumeisho is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who needs $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

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May 7, 2021

Biryomumeisho is a 51-year-old small scale farmer and has proudly raised four children. Her oldest child is 34 years old, while her youngest is 20 years old. A few years ago, their family had to pay for significant treatment for her husband’s leg fracture, and they were forced to sell a piece of land to pay for his care. He’s currently at home and unable to work. Since his accident, Biryomumeisho and her family have often needed to depend on financial support to pay for the children’s school fees and meet other daily needs.

Six years ago, Biryomumeisho herself starting feeling lower abdominal and back pains, especially whenever she bent or sat down. She also has a severe headache due to these pains, and as a result has completely stopped farming. At Rushoroza Hospital, doctors have diagnosed her with multiple leiyomyomas, or fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she will continue to suffer chronic pelvic pain, and her fibroids could undergo degenerative changes. However, Biryomumeisho and her family cannot afford the care that she needs.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Biryomumeisho’s surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Biryomumeisho will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Biryomumeisho shared, “My family cannot afford the surgery charges. I’ll resume farming as soon as possible once given treatment and be able to support my family like I used to before.”

Biryomumeisho is a 51-year-old small scale farmer and has proudly raised four children. Her oldest child is 34 years old, while her youngest...

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Biryomumeisho's Timeline

  • May 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Biryomumeisho 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.

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Biryomumeisho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Biryomumeisho's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Biryomumeisho is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Biryomumeisho'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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Lah

Lah is a 50-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her husband and her daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Lah is a homemaker, and her daughter is a middle school student. Her husband cannot work since he was in an accident six years ago. Her neighbor pays for her daughter’s school fees and in return, Lah shares vegetables that she grows with her neighbors. Her family receives about $35 per month on a cash card, but this income is not enough to cover their daily needs. In her free time, Lah loves praying at home and she enjoys going to church every Sunday. Starting from 2018, Lah has been experiencing dizziness, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and lower abdomen pain every day. If she sits for a longer period of time, she has difficulty standing up due to the back pain. Lah cannot walk longer distances because of the pain in her lower abdomen and back. Lah has been diagnosed with myoma uteri, and is advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. If left untreated, Lah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Lah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 16th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she is fully recovered, Lah will no longer experience pain in her back and abdomen and will be able to sit and walk without difficulty. Lah said, “I am so happy that my condition is treatable. I will be able to live with my family for a longer time. Now that I know donors may help pay for my treatment, I would like to thank them in advance for helping me. I want to live long, and look after my daughter and my husband. I prayed and God has answered my prayers, so I am very thankful to God and your organization who helped find donors for me.”

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