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Success! Kedress from Uganda raised $321 for a hysterectomy.

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

Photo of Kedress post-operation

November 15, 2016

Kedress successfully received a hysterectomy.

Since last May, Kadress had been experiencing pain and bleeding that became so severe that it made it difficult for her to do her daily activities.

Today, Kadress is doing great! Her Hysterectomy was a success. She is currently at home resting and recovering with her family, and hopes to sell cassava and support her husband in providing for the family as soon as she fully heals.

“I thank the donors for making this treatment possible and turning my life around,” Kedress shares.

Since last May, Kadress had been experiencing pain and bleeding that became so severe that it made it difficult for her to do her daily acti...

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September 14, 2016

Kedress is a 50-year-old woman from Uganda. Kedress and her husband have a large family with eleven children, six of whom still live at home. Her husband is a small farmer, working on his own land. He primarily grows cassava and bananas from which he makes a local beer to sell. Until she became sick, Kedress was able to help him in the fields, but has not been able to do heavy work for several years. She still makes “isombe” though, a local dish made from the greens of the cassava plant.

Kedress has suffered from abnormal uttering bleeding and fibroids since the birth of her last child seven years ago. Since last May, the pain and bleeding have become so severe that they have made it difficult for her to even do daily activities at home. She is too tired and gets dizzy. Kedress’ doctors have recommended a complete hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and cervix) to relieve her suffering.

$321 will cover the cost of the hysterectomy and care Kedress needs. Having surgery and being pain-free will mean that Kedress will be able to walk to church again, where she enjoys singing and dancing. She also looks forward to being able to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Kedress shared, “I am looking forward to getting well and appreciate so much all the donors helping me.”

Kedress is a 50-year-old woman from Uganda. Kedress and her husband have a large family with eleven children, six of whom still live at home...

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Kedress's Timeline

  • September 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kedress was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • September 23, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kedress 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

    Kedress's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kedress's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kedress's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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