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Success! Sylivia from Uganda raised $307 to fund a laparotomy.

Sylivia
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  • $307 raised, $0 to go
$307
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sylivia's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2017.

Photo of Sylivia post-operation

July 24, 2017

Sylivia underwent a laparotomy.

Sylivia is feeling so much better after finally having surgery to remove the cyst in her pelvic area. After several days in the hospital, she is ready to go home, where she will continue recuperating. She now has hope for the future and is looking forward to being able to start a business again.

“Even though I am still recovering from surgery, I feel so much better,” says Sylivia. “I am hoping for health so I can work again. I thank all the donors for their generosity to people they don’t know. God blesses them.”

Sylivia is feeling so much better after finally having surgery to remove the cyst in her pelvic area. After several days in the hospital, sh...

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June 23, 2017

Sylivia is a 50-year-old widow of 18 years from southwestern Uganda. She has five daughters and currently lives with her seven-year-old grandson. Prior to the development of her medical condition, Sylivia ran a small restaurant in her village and grew a lot of her own food. Despite her troubles, she remains an active member of her church.

For the past three years, Sylivia has been suffering from extreme pelvic pain. She had been prescribed pain killers, but they have not helped. Upon examination at the hospital, Sylivia was diagnosed with a large pelvic cyst that requires surgical removal.

To fund a laparotomy for Sylivia, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 on top of the $7 that Sylivia has contributed towards her own surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once the cyst is removed, will hopefully allow Sylivia to return to her former lifestyle.

“Please send my great thanks to all the donors. Their help will hopefully make it possible for me to work again. I am so grateful,” expresses Sylivia.

Sylivia is a 50-year-old widow of 18 years from southwestern Uganda. She has five daughters and currently lives with her seven-year-old gran...

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Sylivia's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sylivia was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • June 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sylivia 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sylivia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sylivia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sylivia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Sylivia's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This surgery has no cultural significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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