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Success! Turyasingura from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

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Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Turyasingura post-operation

July 1, 2021

Turyasingura underwent a life-changing surgery.

Having been diagnosed with a cervical polyp, Turyasingura was successfully treated with a total abdominal hysterectomy. Thanks to her surgery, the previous symptoms of bleeding, backache and abdominal pain that she experienced are all gone–leaving her feeling so much better and relieved.

Turyasingura is very appreciative of her support, “I was totally unable to pay anything in addition to school fees for my children since their father is unable to. But now with your support, I will be able to raise it for them to study as I continue with farming and in the evening I can do even more business.”

Having been diagnosed with a cervical polyp, Turyasingura was successfully treated with a total abdominal hysterectomy. Thanks to her surger...

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May 21, 2021

Turyasingura is a 48-year-old farmer. She also sells clothing in the evenings when she is done with her farming.

For three years, Turyasingura has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Turyasingura to receive treatment. On May 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $219 to fund Turyasingura’s surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Turyasingura shared, “my only hope is in you because I can’t support myself for this surgery. I hope that through your support, my health will be restored to continue with farming and business in the evening when am done with my activities at home.”

Turyasingura is a 48-year-old farmer. She also sells clothing in the evenings when she is done with her farming. For three years, Turyas...

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Turyasingura's Timeline

  • May 21, 2021

    Turyasingura was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 22, 2021

    Turyasingura 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.

  • May 25, 2021

    Turyasingura's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021

    Turyasingura's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 15, 2021

    Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Turyasingura'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?

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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