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Success! Kariyo from Uganda raised $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

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Kariyo's treatment was fully funded on November 17, 2020.

Photo of Kariyo post-operation

March 12, 2020

Kariyo underwent a hysterectomy.

Kariyo successfully underwent and total abdominal hysterectomy treatment after being diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in menopause and she says she feels fine now and has no major presenting complaint. Her doctors advised her on drug compliance, proper hygiene, and a good healthy diet for a quicker recovery.

Kariyo shared, “I really appreciated the support you have given to me because over the years, I have been with this condition and I had totally failed to raise money for my surgery but am now so happy that it has also come to an end. May God bless you for me. I will continue with farming when I regain my energy again.”

Kariyo successfully underwent and total abdominal hysterectomy treatment after being diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in me...

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February 3, 2020

Kariyo is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to eight children who are all married and self-employed as small-scale farmers. Her husband is in his mid-eighties and he also practices small-scale farming.

Since 20 years ago, Kariyo has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, dysuria and an abnormal vaginal discharge. She has been diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kariyo’s surgery. On February 6th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kariyo will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kariyo says, “I hope that by your support, I will undergo my surgery and I will be fine.”

Kariyo is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to eight children who are all married and self-employed as small-scale farmers. ...

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Kariyo's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020

    Kariyo was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 13, 2020

    Kariyo received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • February 17, 2020

    Kariyo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2020

    Kariyo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 17, 2020

    Kariyo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Kariyo's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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 (tumors in the uterus) 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?

Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside an 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 time 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 that only removes the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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