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Success! Grace from Uganda raised $215 to fund gynecological surgery.

Grace
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$215
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$0
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Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Grace post-operation

November 14, 2017

Grace underwent gynecological surgery.

After treatment, Grace feels very happy and comfortable. Grace hopes to resume weaving mats after recovering from surgery. She also hopes to do more farming to produce enough food for the family and to sell some to support their children’s school fees.

She says, “I am joyful for receiving support from donors towards my treatment which I would not afford and I pray God to protect and bless donors so much in all they do to support the needy.”

After treatment, Grace feels very happy and comfortable. Grace hopes to resume weaving mats after recovering from surgery. She also hopes to...

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October 28, 2017

To the donors, Grace says, “I would like to thank you all so much. I will ask God to bless you.”

Grace, a 48-year-old woman from Uganda, has had ten children, and she is pleased that she and her husband have managed to send all of them to school. However, during the birth of her first child 31 years ago, Grace experienced a perineal tear. This injury has never been repaired and has gotten worse with the birth of each additional child.

As a result of this wound, Grace now experiences side effects that have a significant impact on her day-to-day life. So, when Grace heard about the gynecological surgical camp at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner’s care center, she took a long journey by bus from her village to the center.

Grace’s doctor told her that she needs to undergo a perineorrhaphy, or surgical repair of the perineum, to improve her symptoms. However, she and her husband, who are rice and sunflower farmers, cannot afford to pay for her treatment.

That’s where you come in. For $215, you can sponsor the full set of medical services Grace needs: from her operation on November 2, to her lab tests, to her three-day hospital stay.

Grace’s birth injury has been causing her embarrassment and discomfort for too long. She is looking forward to recovering from the operation and getting back to normal life.

To the donors, Grace says, “I would like to thank you all so much. I will ask God to bless you.” Grace, a 48-year-old woman from Uganda, ...

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Grace's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • November 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace 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 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Perineal Tear
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $215 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$68
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$34
Supplies
$67
Labs
$29
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Severe perineal tears can cause significant bleeding and chronic pain. This condition can impair a woman's urinary and reproductive function.

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

Daily activities can be restricted. Women with poorly healed perineal tears live with pain and discomfort.

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

Perineal tears are more common in young and/or first-time mothers, or in pregnancies involving multiple births, large babies, or assisted deliveries. Young mothers are common in rural Uganda. Mothers who experienced malnutrition as children may have reduced pelvis size, making delivery difficult. Additionally, deliveries that occur in lower-level health facilities, rather than hospitals, have a higher likelihood of unrepaired perineal tears. Women may not seek surgery if they do not know that the condition can be treated. Those who are aware of the possibility of treatment may not seek surgery because they cannot afford it.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After arriving at the hospital, the patient will meet with a clinical officer and surgery will be scheduled. Next, a gynecologist will examine the patient to confirm the diagnosis. He or she will order relevant tests, counsel the patient on what to expect from the surgery and recovery, and obtain consent. The patient will also see an anesthetist, who will determine appropriate anesthesia for the patient and plan for surgery. Surgery will take place on the second day. After surgery, the patient’s vitals will be monitored every thirty minutes until stable. After six hours, the surgeon will conduct a postoperative review. The patient will recover for three days in the hospital, where she will receive counseling on recovery. After three days, she will be discharged. The patient will return to the hospital for a two-week review and a six-week review. If there are no postoperative complications, the case will be closed.

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

This surgery improves lives. Women are relieved from symptoms that have caused them chronic pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include infected or torn stitches. Maintaining cleanliness, which can be difficult in rural Uganda, is extremely important for proper healing.

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

Repairs for perineal tears are only available in hospitals. Patients arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital via walking, motorcycle taxis, and public transportation. The other nearest hospital is over two hours away on rough, dirt roads. Patients learn about the treatment when they visit the hospital for routine appointments or during outreach clinics.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment. However, women may attempt to treat themselves with herbs, painkillers, and other methods before receiving curative surgery.

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Margaret

Margaret is a 41-year-old who works jobs she can find in her neighborhood. She hails from Baringo County in Kenya and is married with 8 children aged between 26 and three years old. Together with her husband, they work on their farm and other people's farms to earn a living. They also get their school fees for their kids from this work. Their family lives in a grass-thatched house. Fifteen years ago, Margaret began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has continuously grown over the years. Before she was seen by our medical partner's doctors, Margaret had tried to seek medication from different hospitals but she could not receive treatment because of financial strain. She opted for herbal treatments, which did not improve her condition either. Her thyroid condition has affected her general well-being and she cannot carry out her day-to-day duties normally since she gets tired easily. This has affected her daily income and support for her family. Margaret attended one of the free medical camps held at Kapsowar Hospital and after examination by the doctors, an ultrasound was done. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic multinodular goiter. The doctor recommended surgery, but Margaret is unable to raise the required funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 13th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Margaret says: "I really look forward to getting well and going back to normal so that I can work like before and support my husband in providing for our family.”

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