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Success! Annah from Uganda raised $321 for surgery to stop the spread of cancer.

Annah
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Fully funded
Annah's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Annah post-operation

November 4, 2016

Annah received surgery to stop the spread of cancer.

Annah’s pelvic pain and bleeding has stopped since her successful hysterectomy. She is happy to be in recovery, and she hopes to be a counselor to the youth to share with them about self esteem.

“Mwebare munonga (thanks so much),” Annah shared. “I would not have had this treatment. I feel normal again and my pain is gone. May God continue to reward you as you share your blessings with the needy.”

Annah's pelvic pain and bleeding has stopped since her successful hysterectomy. She is happy to be in recovery, and she hopes to be a counse...

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September 26, 2016

Annah is a 40-year-old single mother from Uganda. She is a subsistence farmer and grows cassava, potatoes, and beans. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is fortunately in the early stages and can be treated by having a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and cervix).

Annah started showing symptoms, including severe pain, five months ago. This has made it difficult for her to work. Besides her son, she is the only support for her younger sisters. She is not able to afford the surgery she needs.

When she is not working, Annah enjoys meeting friends in community savings groups (“Bataka Groups”), which encourage savings and community development. After school and on Sundays, she and her nine-year-old son play and dance traditional songs. Annah also enjoys singing in church and listening to health programs over the radio.

When she came to the hospital to learn what was wrong, Annah was told about the Watsi program and how it could help her get the treatment she needs. $321 will cover the costs of the life-saving surgery and care Annah needs.

Annah says, “I would like to thank all the donors for supporting me. It has been a gift from God”.

Annah is a 40-year-old single mother from Uganda. She is a subsistence farmer and grows cassava, potatoes, and beans. She has been diagnosed...

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Annah's Timeline

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Annah was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • September 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Annah 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.

  • October 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Annah's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Annah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Annah'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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Samuel is a hardworking laborer getting jobs whenever he can to earn a living. He's a 37-year-old single man who hails from Kawaida Village in Kenya. His parents separated many years back, and his mother has brought their family up single-handedly. He shared that their family has lived a very difficult life making it hard for them to acquire an education. Samuel lives with his mother in a single rented house. He does mechanic jobs when available while his mother sells fruits at the roadside near their home. On the evening of September 8th 2021, as Samuel was going home, he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained an open fracture of his left tibia. He was taken to Kiambu County Hospital where the wound was treated and later the doctor advised them to have a fracture surgery. His mother could not afford the cost and took him home. Last week, our medical partner's Community Health Worker heard about Samuel and brought him to the hospital for possible support. He has pain, difficulty walking, and has been fully depending on his mother. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 28th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The surgery will rid him of the pain, bring healing, and eventually, Samuel will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Samuel says, “It is now almost 2 months, I have had pain and difficulties going anywhere and I have to fully depend on my mother. I am also worried that my leg could be amputated if I don't get treated in time. I plead for help so that I can be independent and go back to work and support my mother.”

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$996raised
$53to go

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