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

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

Photo of Agnes post-operation

November 14, 2017

Agnes underwent a hysterectomy procedure.

After treatment, Agnes feels much better, and she hopes to resume farming. She also hopes to continue grazing her cows.

She says, “I thank donors for supporting my treatment which would not afford and I pray God to bless donors in everything they do support treatment for the needy.”

After treatment, Agnes feels much better, and she hopes to resume farming. She also hopes to continue grazing her cows. She says, "I than...

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October 28, 2017

Agnes is 37 years old and has eight children and one grandchild. She is a farmer by occupation and grows cassava, maize, and beans to feed and support her family.

For the past ten years, she has experienced severe lower abdominal and back pain. She also experiences urinary difficulty. She has been to local health facilities but has not received any treatment to improve her symptoms.

She heard a radio announcement about our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, and traveled 36 hours by bus to receive assistance. She was diagnosed with a uterine prolapse and needs a total abdominal hysterectomy.

The surgery is scheduled for November 3. Now, she needs help raising $321 to fund treatment.

Agnes is 37 years old and has eight children and one grandchild. She is a farmer by occupation and grows cassava, maize, and beans to feed a...

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Agnes's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Agnes was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • November 3, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Agnes 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 6, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Agnes's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Agnes's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Agnes's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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

Stephen is a young man from Kenya. He is the firstborn in a family of 3 children. Their family has relied on their mother to provide for them as his father passed away when he was young boy. His mother does deliveries for different shop owners around their town. Stephen had to drop out from college do to inability to pay his school fees, and he now helps around the house and helps his mother with the deliveries, which is the how the family makes ends meet. Stephen has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Stephen has been experiencing severe headaches since this past July. He visited a hospital where a CT scan was done that revealed that he had a cyst that was obstructing the normal flow of fluid in and out of the head. An urgent surgery was recommended to remove the cyst, but he did not undergo it due to not having the funds for the procedure. A shunt insertion surgery has been recommended along with a craniotomy that will be performed later to remove the cyst. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Stephen that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 23rd and will drain the excess fluid from Stephen's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Stephen will hopefully continue to develop into a strong, healthy man. Stephen says, “I really want to be treated so that I can help my mom provide for us.”

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