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Ketty is a mother and businesswoman from Uganda who needs $219 for a hysterectomy.

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September 20, 2021

Ketty is a 43-year-old business lady. She is a mother of 6 children; five of her children are still in school and the burden to fund their school fees falls on herself and the husband. She has a small pub and also sells vegetables at a local market to make ends meet. Her husband used to work in the mines but since the pandemic hit, he lost his job. Now it has been difficult for them to get enough money for basic needs.

In the recent weeks, Ketty has been experiencing uterine bleeding, lower abdominal pain and general body weakness. She has not been able to attend to her business due to the pain or feeling weak and this has hurt her family’s income. Ketty has been diagnosed with large uterine myoma and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. This surgery will reduce her risk of developing complications like anaemia.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Ketty’s surgery. On September 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Ketty will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Ketty says, “I hope to get healed, have better health, and resume with my hustle to see that I get my children where I want them to be by giving them a good education.”

Ketty is a 43-year-old business lady. She is a mother of 6 children; five of her children are still in school and the burden to fund their s...

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Ketty's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 22, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ketty was scheduled to receive treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • September 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ketty's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ketty is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Ketty's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Ketty's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
Other
$11
  • 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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