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Success! Irene from Uganda raised $321 to fund gynecological surgery.

Irene
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Irene's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2017.

Photo of Irene post-operation

March 9, 2017

Irene underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Irene is feeling so much better after her surgery for uterine prolapse. Her pain is gone, and she is able to sit and move comfortably for the first time in many years. She is back home in her village and is recuperating there. It will still be some weeks before she is completely healed and can return to work, but she is looking forward to that time. Her doctors expect no complications.

“The help I received is a blessing,” says Irene. “I will praise God for the donors.”

Irene is feeling so much better after her surgery for uterine prolapse. Her pain is gone, and she is able to sit and move comfortably for th...

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January 17, 2017

Irene is a 45-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband, Jackson, are subsistence farmers with six children, who are all attending school. She enjoys watching them play with others and teaching them traditional music and dance.

Irene came to our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, with a lot of pain and discomfort in her lower abdomen. After examining her, doctors discovered that she has a uterine condition and advised she undergo a hysterectomy. The surgery is scheduled for January 18.

Irene and Jackson are unable to cover the full cost of her treatment. However, she would like to help fund her surgery herself, so she has provided $4 to subsidize the cost. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has requested the remaining $321 to fund her treatment.

Irene sends her thanks to Watsi donors for helping her. When she is fully recovered, she is looking forward to returning to farming.

Irene is a 45-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband, Jackson, are subsistence farmers with six children, who are all attending sch...

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Irene's Timeline

  • January 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Irene was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • January 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Irene 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.

  • January 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Irene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Irene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Irene's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Irene'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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