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Kabagambe is a small business operator from Uganda who needs $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

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March 31, 2020

Kabagambe is a small-business woman from Uganda. She is a married mother to six children, with all still studying except one daughter who is a plumber. She operates a second-hand shoe shop around Rukungiri town, but at times she also practices farming at her village. The sales at her shop do not provide enough to get something both to eat and maintain her family and have been especially impacted during COVID-19 restrictions. Her husband is a builder and they live together in a single roomed rental house.

Since two years ago, Kabagambe has been experiencing vaginal spotting and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and abnormal uterine bleeding. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kabagambe’s surgery. On April 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kabagambe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kabagambe says, “I will be relieved from the pain I have been having, have a good health once again, and feel alive once more.”

Kabagambe is a small-business woman from Uganda. She is a married mother to six children, with all still studying except one daughter who is...

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Kabagambe's Timeline

  • March 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kabagambe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kabagambe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kabagambe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • June 17, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kabagambe's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kabagambe is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Kabagambe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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