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Success! Sarah from Uganda raised $662 to fund a hysterectomy.

Sarah
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$662
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sarah's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2020.

Photo of Sarah post-operation

November 26, 2020

Sarah underwent a hysterectomy.

Sarah’s treatment and surgery went well. She shared with us afterwards, “There is new hope for me, my general well-being is improving. I feel confident that I will continue with my daily family duties of providing for my children and have a normal life.”

Sarah's treatment and surgery went well. She shared with us afterwards, “There is new hope for me, my general well-being is improving. I fee...

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September 7, 2020

Sarah is a maize farmer from Uganda. She has been blessed with three children, ranging from 25 to 4 years old. Sarah shared with us that her husband died in 2008 due to HIV/AIDS. Since then, Sarah has been taking care of her children and providing them with basic needs and education through the farming she does.

Since eight years ago, Sarah has been experiencing pain and abdominal bleeding. She has now been diagnosed with Uterine Leiomyomas and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $662 to fund Sarah’s surgery. On September 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Sarah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Sarah shared with us, “I am optimistic and hopeful that my surgery will be successful, I have spoken to a few people who have had a hysterectomy and they have all said they are glad they have had it done.”

Sarah is a maize farmer from Uganda. She has been blessed with three children, ranging from 25 to 4 years old. Sarah shared with us that her...

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Sarah's Timeline

  • September 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sarah was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 8, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarah received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • September 9, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $662 for Sarah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$482
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$26
Supplies
$109
Labs
$13
Other
$32
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.