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Lydia from Uganda raised $321 for a hysterectomy.

  • $321 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Lydia's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.
November 2, 2016

Lydia did not receive surgery as planned.

Unfortunately, just prior to Lydia’s surgery, it was determined that cervical cancer was the cause of her symptoms. Thus, rather than a hysterectomy, Lydia needs to undergo chemotherapy at the national referral hospital. We are saddened to report this, but we are committed to transparency in sharing treatment outcomes. Should Lydia require additional treatment, she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Unfortunately, just prior to Lydia's surgery, it was determined that cervical cancer was the cause of her symptoms. Thus, rather than a hyst...

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September 22, 2016

Lydia is a 56-year-old woman from Uganda. Lydia and her husband have six children, two of whom still live at home. They are small scale farmers, working on their own land. They grow bananas and beans, selling the surplus of the harvest. Before her condition worsened, Lydia was able to help him in the fields.

For the past five years, Lydia has suffered from abnormal uttering bleeding. Since July, the pain and bleeding have become so severe it has made it difficult for her to do daily activities at home. Lydia’s doctor has recommended a complete hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and cervix) to relieve her suffering.

$321 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Lydia needs. Having surgery and being pain-free will allow to Lydia walk easily to church, where she is a parish cell leader and enjoys singing and dancing. Lydia also looks forward to growing food next season since she was unable to help this season.

Lydia shared, “I am looking forward to getting well grow food to support my family since to me every earning comes from hard work on the farm. I appreciate the donors for the love and compassion they have for needy people to also have access to quality health care at Bwindi Hospital.”

Lydia is a 56-year-old woman from Uganda. Lydia and her husband have six children, two of whom still live at home. They are small scale farm...

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Lydia's Timeline

  • September 22, 2016

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

  • September 23, 2016

    Lydia was scheduled to receive 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

    Lydia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2016

    Lydia is no longer raising funds.

  • November 2, 2016

    Lydia's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Lydia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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