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June 2, 2020

Tumushabe is a mother of five but separated from her husband in 2018. Her husband remained with four of her children and she is raising the youngest who is now two years old. She currently stays with her paternal aunt who supports her with the little she can.

At Rushoroza Hospital, she presented with a history of severe abdominal pains; having been managed for oophoritis and on different antibiotic regimens with no improvement. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Tumushabe’s quality of life could be severely impaired due to continued pain.

Tumushabe is a small-scale farmer who has been growing a variety of crops at her aunt’s fields before she became sick. She currently is not able to work due to severe pain and cannot even sit comfortably. She shared that she is feeling scared. Her Aunt and Uncle are unable to fund her surgery and they are seeking financial support.

Tumushabe says, “I pray that I get well after surgery because I am in severe pain. After a successful surgery, I believe I can do any income-generating activity, including farming and be able to take care of myself and my children.”

Tumushabe is a mother of five but separated from her husband in 2018. Her husband remained with four of her children and she is raising the ...

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Tumushabe's Timeline

  • June 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tumushabe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumushabe received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • June 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumushabe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Tumushabe's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Tumushabe is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $297 for Tumushabe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$206
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$46
Labs
$20
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms would vary depending on the condition being treated. Most curative laparotomies are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness. A curative laparotomy could address a range of abdominal conditions, such as an ovarian tumor, stomach cancer, liver cancer, cholecystitis, abscess, and others.

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

It depends on the nature of the condition, but most curative laparotomies at Watsi's Medical Partner AMH Care Centers are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness.

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

Dependent on the exact condition. Stomach ulcers, ovarian tumors, and cancer are increasingly becoming common in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery lasts around three hours with the patient being discharged home after 3 days. They are continuously monitored in the hospital wards.

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

The procedure is done with the intent of removing the pathology and curing the condition.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Medium surgical risk, overall, the risk of surgery is less than the risk of doing nothing. If the condition is cancer and caught early enough, it is treatable. If the condition is benign, such as cholecystitis, then the laparotomy is curative.

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

There are few quality hospitals with adequate resources and expertise to treat most of the conditions that could be diagnosed by a laparotomy.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For most abdominal tumors there is no alternative to removing them.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Rachel

Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”

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