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Success! Sister Gloria from Uganda raised $319 to fund a hysterectomy so she can live pain-free.

Sister Gloria
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  • $319 raised, $0 to go
$319
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sister Gloria's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2022.

Photo of Sister Gloria post-operation

July 18, 2022

Sister Gloria underwent a hysterectomy so she can live pain-free.

Sister Gloria successfully underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and is recovering well! She hopes to comfortably resume her work as a secretary at the Catechist training center soon. Sister Gloria shared her appreciation for the kindness and quality care she received during her stay at the hospital. Her entire family and friends also shared their thanks to Watsi for supporting her treatment needs.

Sister Gloria said, “I finally believe that I will live a normal and pain-free life after my successful surgery. I feel relieved. May God protect and strengthen the donors so that many other unprivileged persons can benefit too.”

Sister Gloria successfully underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and is recovering well! She hopes to comfortably resume her work as a se...

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April 4, 2022

Sister Gloria is a Catholic nun with a degree in transformative education and faith. She works as a secretary in the office of her church training center. Sr Gloria shared that she was orphaned and now works to care for her brothers and sisters who lack support, providing them with counseling when they have family issues.

Since 2019, Sr Gloria has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and recently began experiencing more severe pains in March. She was diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas and fibroids. Sr Gloria needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Sr Gloria finally heal. On April 5th, she will undergo surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Sr Gloria will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $319 to fund this procedure.

Sr Gloria shared, “I am worried about the future outcome of my condition if not treated on time. I feel uncomfortable. I hope to resume my duties as a secretary as soon as I recover completely.”

Sister Gloria is a Catholic nun with a degree in transformative education and faith. She works as a secretary in the office of her church tr...

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Sister Gloria's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sister Gloria 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.

  • April 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sister Gloria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sister Gloria's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sister Gloria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Sister Gloria's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$14
Supplies
$53
Labs
$6
Other
$16
  • 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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