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Success! Gertrude from Uganda raised $219 to fund cervical cancer treatment.

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Gertrude's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2022.

Photo of Gertrude post-operation

August 17, 2022

Gertrude underwent cervical cancer treatment.

Gertrude underwent a successful hysterectomy and gyn surgery. She is recovering well! Gertrude has been relieved of her symptoms just as she had hoped and now can happily live her life.

Gertrude says, “I almost died because I could not get money for the treatment. I’m humbled that you took care of my medical bill and am full of gratitude. Now I will be able to resume my farming.”

Gertrude underwent a successful hysterectomy and gyn surgery. She is recovering well! Gertrude has been relieved of her symptoms just as she...

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April 4, 2022

Gertrude is a farmer and a mother of six children, two daughters and four sons. Her youngest children are in school while the eldest are now married. Gertrude’s husband is also a farmer.

For three years now, Gertrude has been experiencing pain and other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesions. She was not able to seek treatment due to financial challenges, so has relied on pain medicine to help. However, with persistent pain, she came to Nyakibale Hospital and doctors have recommended surgery. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Gertrude’s surgery. On April 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Gertrude will be able to finally resume her daily activities free of pain.

Gertrude is hopeful to feel herself again soon and told us, “I hope to get back to normal health and continue with farming to sustain my family once all goes well after my surgery.”

Gertrude is a farmer and a mother of six children, two daughters and four sons. Her youngest children are in school while the eldest are now...

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Gertrude's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022

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

  • April 6, 2022

    Gertrude's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2022

    Gertrude 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.

  • August 5, 2022

    Gertrude's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 17, 2022

    Gertrude's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Gertrude's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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