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

Jolly
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
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$0
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Fully funded
Jolly's treatment was fully funded on December 7, 2021.

Photo of Jolly post-operation

December 14, 2021

Jolly underwent a hysterectomy procedure.

Jolly had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and required a hysterectomy. With your support, Jolly’s treatment was funded and she had a successful surgery. This surgery reduces the chances of cancer metastasis and allows her to recover and relieves her pain. Jolly is grateful for the funding offered and hopes to lead a healthier life.

Jolly shared: “My health was deteriorating and I needed help. Thank you for funding my surgery. I will be able to resume farming to sustain my family.”

Jolly had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and required a hysterectomy. With your support, Jolly's treatment was funded and she had a suc...

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September 8, 2021

Jolly is a 66-year-old mother with three grown children. She lost her husband when she was still very young and was the breadwinner for her family. She has worked as a farmer growing millet, maize, and cassava to support her family.

For six months, Jolly has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and bleeding. When the symptoms became persistent, she visited the hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), and was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctors recommended that Jolly undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons remove her uterus. Jolly is concerned that without treatment, she would be at risk of further complications, as cancer could metastasize resulting in premature death.

Fortunately, on September 9th, Jolly will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once she recovers, Jolly will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund her surgery.

Jolly shared, “I am afraid of the implication of this condition and what it would do to my health. I don’t have money to pay, and I appeal for your help.”

Jolly is a 66-year-old mother with three grown children. She lost her husband when she was still very young and was the breadwinner for her ...

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Jolly's Timeline

  • September 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jolly 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.

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jolly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jolly's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jolly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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