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Success! Atuhaire from Uganda raised $219 to fund treatment for uterine fibroids.

Atuhaire
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$219
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Fully funded
Atuhaire's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2021.

Photo of Atuhaire post-operation

April 8, 2021

Atuhaire underwent treatment for uterine fibroids.

After being diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Atuhaire underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. She is no longer has back and abdominal pains, her bleeding stopped along with her chances of anaemia. She is relieved to be home and feeling well.

Atuhaire wanted to share with you: “May the Lord keep you longer to continue helping others. I will be able to continue with farming after my full recovery.”

After being diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Atuhaire underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. She is no longer has back and abd...

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February 21, 2021

Atuhaire is a mother of three who practices produce farming along with her husband to meet their family’s needs.

For the past five years, she has had abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptoms. She came to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital after other treatment and pain relief have not helped relieve her. Doctors have diagnosed her with uterine fibroids and she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Atuhaire’s surgery. On February 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Atuhaire will finally be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Atuhaire says: “I had always been engaged in home activities like washing, cooking, and cleaning well, but because of this condition, things have changed. I hope that with surgery, my health will be restored. I plan to continue with farming once I am better.”

Atuhaire is a mother of three who practices produce farming along with her husband to meet their family's needs. For the past five year...

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Atuhaire's Timeline

  • February 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Atuhaire received 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.

  • February 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Atuhaire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Atuhaire's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Atuhaire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Atuhaire'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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$25raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Dafroza

Dafroza is a mother of 7 and a small-scale farmer. Her husband passed away in May 2019 and left her a three-room mud house for shelter. Her eldest is 30 years old and her youngest is in the seventh grade. Over 20 years ago, Dafroza began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small painless neck swelling. It gradually started increasing in size and she decided to use herbs but they did not help. She shared that did not bother seeking medical attention because she knew it was too expensive. Currently, she loses her voice whenever she talks or sings for a long time, she can no longer eat comfortably, and has trouble breathing while farming and sleeping. She came to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital for a review by the doctor. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the doctor advised her to have surgery for which she is seeking financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Dafroza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Dafroza says, “I heard the news from a friend who had the same treatment from Rushoroza Hospital and is doing well and looking good currently. I pray that I may also be like my friend through surgery. I will be able to keep farming as soon as I get better.”

7% funded

7%funded
$25raised
$308to go