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Success! Dinavensi from Uganda raised $219 to undergo a hysterectomy.

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Dinavensi's treatment was fully funded on August 30, 2021.

Photo of Dinavensi post-operation

September 3, 2021

Dinavensi underwent a hysterectomy.

Dinavensi was diagnosed with a large uterine myoma and required a hysterectomy. Her surgery was successfully done with our partner Nyakibale Hospital, reducing all her previous symptoms and pains. She recovered well and is now home and back to good health.

Dinavensi says: “I don’t know where I could have gotten the money for the surgery. I now feel stronger and hope to fully recover and resume farming to care for my family.”

Dinavensi was diagnosed with a large uterine myoma and required a hysterectomy. Her surgery was successfully done with our partner Nyakibale...

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August 5, 2021

Dinavensi is a 48-year-old mother from Uganda. She shared with us that sadly five of Dinavensi’s children have passed away and her living children have special needs and rely on Dinavensi daily. Dhinavensi works hard as a laborer whenever she can find the work.

Recently, Dinavensi was working on a banana plantation and collapsed. She was soon transported to a local clinic where she was transferred to our medical partner African Mission Healthcare’s (AMH) care center. Her neighbors pooled money to ensure she was able to be transported to the hospital. She had been experiencing heavy bleeding, a backache and general body weakness for some weeks now.

Dinavensi has been diagnosed with menorrghagia and uterine myoma. If not treated, Dinavensi is at risk of suffering from severe anaemia and future complications. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy. AMH is requesting $219 to fund Dinavensi’s surgery. Once recovered, Dinavensi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and go back to taking good care of her children.

Dinavensi shared, “I am afraid that without treatment, bleeding will continue and my health will deteriorate. I am the only one my children rely on. Please help me to be treated.”

Dinavensi is a 48-year-old mother from Uganda. She shared with us that sadly five of Dinavensi's children have passed away and her living ch...

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Dinavensi's Timeline

  • August 5, 2021

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

  • August 6, 2021

    Dinavensi 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 9, 2021

    Dinavensi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 30, 2021

    Dinavensi's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 3, 2021

    Dinavensi'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 Dinavensi'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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