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Success! Batabara from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $228 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Batabara's treatment was fully funded on June 6, 2021.

Photo of Batabara post-operation

June 15, 2021

Batabara underwent a hysterectomy.

Batabara underwent a successful hysterectomy to heal her chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. She’s happy to be heading home from that hospital. Batabara expresses that she already feels a big improvement in health and comfort, and she believes that she will be able to resume farming as soon as she recovers completely.

Batabara says, “I don’t have the right words to thank the Watsi program and Rushoroza hospital for making my surgery a success. May God reward you abundantly!”

Batabara underwent a successful hysterectomy to heal her chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. She's happy to be heading home from that hospi...

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April 9, 2021

Batabara is a small scale farmer and a mother of three. Her children are grown now–they are all married and help to support her in small ways, though her primary income still comes from her small scale farming. Batabara lost her husband in 1998. Over the years, she has worked hard to put up a two-roomed semi-permanent house for herself.

About six years ago, she started feeling lower abdominal pain. Over this period, she has been to several hospitals trying to seek help. Unfortunately, all the medication she has been receiving have not been working to help her heal. She was reviewed at Rushoroza hospital and diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). Successful surgery will reduce the chances of the inflammation becoming malignant and will allow her to continue working.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Batabara’s surgery. On April 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Batabara will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Batabara says, “I would comfortably resume farming to be able to take care of myself once given treatment.”

Batabara is a small scale farmer and a mother of three. Her children are grown now--they are all married and help to support her in small wa...

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Batabara's Timeline

  • April 9, 2021

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

  • April 9, 2021

    Batabara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2021

    Batabara 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.

  • June 6, 2021

    Batabara's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2021

    Batabara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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