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Success! Jackline from Uganda raised $219 to fund surgery to heal her uterine myomas.

Jackline
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jackline's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

Photo of Jackline post-operation

September 6, 2022

Jackline underwent surgery to heal her uterine myomas.

Jackline underwent a successful gyn surgery. She no longer has the worrying symptoms that she previously had. She will now be able to care for herself and her grandson, which is a big relief.

Jackline says: “I want to thank the donors for making my surgery possible and their continuous support of the needy like me. I will now be able to lead a healthier and happier life.”

Jackline underwent a successful gyn surgery. She no longer has the worrying symptoms that she previously had. She will now be able to care f...

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April 4, 2022

Jackline is farmer who is helping raise her grandson after her daughter died in a road traffic accident last year. She plants maize and beans to earn a living for herself and her grandson.

For the past six months, Jackline has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and other worrying symptoms. Doctors have diagnosed her with uterine myomas. She needs surgery but is unable to raise the money needed for surgery and has asked for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is raising $219 to fund Jackline’s surgery. On April 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Jackline will be able to resume her daily activities and caring for her grandson free of pain.

Jackline said: “I will really be glad to have my health restored and will be able to continue farming to provide for my grandson.”

Jackline is farmer who is helping raise her grandson after her daughter died in a road traffic accident last year. She plants maize and bean...

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Jackline's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jackline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jackline 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.

  • August 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jackline's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jackline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Jackline'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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Safia

Safia is a bright student - she is an orphan who is still mourning the loss of her mother who passed on in February 2022. Her father died a few years ago, and she lives with her relatives in Moyale. She has not been able to attend her classes since she started feeling unwell. She is the last born in a family of five children. She does not have medical coverage and is unable to raise the required amount for the surgery. She first experienced a small itch on her leg at the beginning of April 2022. She later experienced swelling in that area, and she did not have any feeling on the infected leg. Over time, the situation worsened and developed pus. She now has a chronic wound on her left leg that requires debridement and skin grafting. Safia was referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital by friends after her condition did not improve. She visited the facility and underwent a sequestrectomy on the 8th of September and now needs a debridement and skin graft procedure. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Safia receive treatment. On September 14th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so she can walk without straining and be able to attend school and continue with her studies. Now, Safia needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Safia's aunt says, “She has been away from school for almost five months now. Her condition keeps getting worse that she is unable to walk. We even have to carry her to the bathroom. She needs this surgery, or she will lose her leg.“

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