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Success! Seperenza from Uganda raised $547 to fund gynecological surgery.

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Seperenza's treatment was fully funded on December 10, 2016.

Photo of Seperenza post-operation

January 24, 2017

Seperenza underwent successful gynecological surgery.

She was monitored for three weeks before being discharged and going back home. By the time she set off back to her home, she was no longer experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Her husband was overwhelmed with joy upon seeing his wife healthy.

“I wish to thank the Watsi program for the support that has given me a second chance to live with freedom,” shares Seperenza.

She was monitored for three weeks before being discharged and going back home. By the time she set off back to her home, she was no longer e...

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October 23, 2016

Seperenza is a 27-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She has four children, two of whom are twins. Seperenza and her husband, Amos, are subsistence farmers in the western part of the East African Rift Valley. They grow rice, groundnuts, and beans. During her free time, Seperenza enjoys playing with her children.

During the delivery of her twins, Seperenza developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She experiences pain and urinary dysfunction, and she lost the ability to work. On October 24, Seperenza underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure.

After recovery, Seperenza hopes to visit her church and give thanks to God for restoring her health. She says, “I pray that God will bless the people that are donating to my treatment, and that He will prosper them to help other women who are like me.”

Seperenza is a 27-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She has four children, two of whom are twins. Seperenza and her husband, Amos, are subs...

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Seperenza's Timeline

  • October 23, 2016

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

  • October 24, 2016

    Seperenza 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.

  • November 18, 2016

    Seperenza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 10, 2016

    Seperenza's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017

    Seperenza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $547 for Seperenza'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?

Women with a vesicovaginal fistula experience urinary dysfunction. They may also experience infection and soreness. Women with a rectovaginal fistula experience excretory dysfunction. They may also experience recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections, irritation, pain, and sexual difficulty.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

This condition often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty. Fistula survivors are some of the most marginalized women in the world. They tend to live in extreme poverty in remote areas without the basic emergency care needed to treat an obstructed labor.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey estimated that there are between 140,000 to 200,000 women living with a fistula in Uganda. Despite the large number of women with fistulas, social stigma often makes it difficult to identify them. Additionally, women who do not understand the causes of fistula or the possibility of repair may not seek treatment. Others may avoid health facilities altogether. Radio announcements, village health teams, and community leaders can help women come forward.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After the patient arrives at the hospital, she will be admitted by the outpatient department. A clinical officer will review the patient’s file and refer her to a gynecologist for examination. The gynecologist will take the patient's history, examine the patient to determine the extent of the injury and damage, and order relevant tests. He or she will counsel the patient about the surgery and recovery. Surgery will be scheduled. On the day prior to surgery, the patient will be admitted to the hospital. Consent for surgery will be obtained. The patient will be taken to the theater at her scheduled time, and surgery will be performed. After surgery, the patient will be monitored every 30 minutes for four hours. She will stay in the hospital for approximately two weeks. She will receive counseling about the outcome of the surgery and what to expect from recovery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Undergoing a fistula repair surgery can completely change a woman’s life. She will rejoin her community and family and begin planning for her future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Sometimes, fistula surgeries are not successful. More complicated fistulas may require multiple attempts to repair. Other postoperative complications include hemorrhage, infection, anuria, wound breakdown, residual incontinence, hematometra, and urethral and vaginal strictures.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are approximately 18-20 medical facilities that can perform fistula surgery in Uganda. The nearest alternative to Bwindi Community Hospital is over a two-hour drive away on mountainous, dirt roads. Patients typically arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital by foot or motorcycle taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no treatment alternatives.

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