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Success! Ketty from Uganda raised $321 to treat abdominal pain.

  • $321 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Ketty's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2017.

Photo of Ketty post-operation

January 27, 2017

Ketty is no longer in pain.

Ketty is now back home after her total abdominal hysterectomy. Her two sons are very glad to have their mother healthy again. She is able to work her land again.

“After so much pain for two years, I am feeling happy and hopeful about the future,” says Ketty. “Thank you to the people far away who have helped me. I will pray to God for them to be able to offer help to others.”

Ketty is now back home after her total abdominal hysterectomy. Her two sons are very glad to have their mother healthy again. She is able to...

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November 28, 2016

35-year-old Ketty is a local farmer from Uganda. She’s a single mother of two boys, which both attend a local primary school in their village. For the past two years, she has had lower abdominal pains that have been incurable by local herbalists, and says that the pain has only continued to increase.

During her free time, Ketty enjoys singing to her family, praying, and being with other women in the community. Ketty used to be on her village leadership committee as the secretary of defense, but could not continue serving her community because of the pain she was experiencing and the role requiring someone very mobile.

For $321, Ketty can receive care to treat her abdominal uterine and vaginal bleeding. Ketty says she’s looking forward to getting treatment and recovering fully, after which she will resume her activities in the village. She hopes that in the future she can be able to raise capital from her digging to start a small business.

35-year-old Ketty is a local farmer from Uganda. She's a single mother of two boys, which both attend a local primary school in their villag...

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Ketty's Timeline

  • November 28, 2016

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

  • November 28, 2016

    Ketty 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.

  • December 22, 2016

    Ketty's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 7, 2017

    Ketty's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 27, 2017

    Ketty's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Ketty'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?

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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