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Success! Joy from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy procedure.

Joy
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
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$0
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Fully funded
Joy's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Joy post-operation

October 9, 2017

Joy underwent a hysterectomy procedure.

After treatment, Joy feels better than before. Joy hopes to resume farming.

She says, “I am so joyful that I can walk and stand with comfort in public…I can only say thank you to donors.”

After treatment, Joy feels better than before. Joy hopes to resume farming. She says, "I am so joyful that I can walk and stand with comf...

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September 10, 2017

Joy is a 48-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a farmer who grows sorghum, beans, yams, cassava, millet, potatoes, and vegetables for food. During her free time, Joy enjoys weaving baskets and mats, visiting friends and relatives, and teaching her daughters how to weave baskets and mats.

For the last two years, Joy has experienced abdominal pain, back pain, and irregular bleeding. She tried to go the nearby clinic for treatment but she was not helped. The doctor then referred her to Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

At the hospital, Joy was diagnosed with cervical cancer and recommended to undergo a hysterectomy procedure to relieve her from pain and prevent her cancer from spreading to other organs.

On September 18, Joy will undergo a hysterectomy. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has requested $321 to fund Joy’s procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, medication, supplies, and surgeon time. After treatment, Joy hopes to start a business to support her family.

Joy is a 48-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a farmer who grows sorghum, beans, yams, cassava, millet, potatoes, and vegetables for food. ...

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Joy's Timeline

  • September 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joy was submitted by David Wamuwaya at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • September 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joy received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital. 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 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 09, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Joy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Aimidiwe

Aimidiwe is a three month old baby girl from Tanzania and the second-born child in a family of two children. She was born at a local hospital with a cleft palate and was referred to Watsi Medical Partner ALMC hospital to seek treatment. She was admitted to the hospital since she couldn’t feed well and was having regular seizures. Her family was advised to return for regular check-ups and observation but the parents couldn’t afford the transport money and the consultation fee since they had used up all their saving for the period she had been admitted, thus they hadn't returned. A few weeks later, she started vomiting and her head was increasing in size so her family had to find money and take Aimidiwe back to ALMC hospital. Her father is a shop attendant with a meager income and they had to borrow money to take Aimidiwe back to the hospital. At the hospital Aimidiwe needed to have CT scan done but the parents couldn’t afford it thus when they were referred to our funding and support program. Aimidiwe has now been diagnosed with cleft palate and hydrocephalus, and she will need to have the hydrocephalus condition corrected first to save her from the pain and danger of brain damage. Thereafter, doctors will correct her cleft palate condition. Her parents are asking for help and support since they can’t afford the treatment cost. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Aimidiwe that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 13th and will drain the excess fluid from Aimidiwe's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Aimidiwe will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Ahimidiwe’s mother says, “Our daughter needs two very important surgeries none of which we can afford, kindly help us.”

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