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Success! Selina from Uganda raised $321 to fund gynaecological surgery.

Selina
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$321
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$0
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Fully funded
Selina's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Selina post-operation

November 14, 2017

Selina underwent gynaecological surgery.

After treatment, Selina feels happy and looks forward to resuming making pots again. She also looks forward to farming more to help the family after recovering from surgery.

She says, “I am very happy that donors helped with paying for my treatment which I would not afford, and also pray God to bless donors in all they do in life to support treatment for the needy and I appeal to donors to keep supporting the needy.”

After treatment, Selina feels happy and looks forward to resuming making pots again. She also looks forward to farming more to help the fami...

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October 28, 2017

Meet Selina, a 67-year-old small farmer from northern Uganda. Selina and her husband grow and sell beans, sorghum, and soy beans to support their seven children. Selina is also a potter and makes pots from locally-sourced clay.

Selina developed an utero-vaginal prolapse following the birth of her youngest child. Due to the sensitive nature of her condition, Selina shares that she has difficulty working on the farm and completing other daily activities. She is currently taking pain relief medication to manage her symptoms.

Selina will undergo a hysterectomy on October 31. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for donations in the amount of $321 to help fund Selina’s surgery.

“I would like to thank all the donors for their help. May God bless them,” says Selina.

Meet Selina, a 67-year-old small farmer from northern Uganda. Selina and her husband grow and sell beans, sorghum, and soy beans to support ...

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Selina's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Selina was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 31, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Selina received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • November 01, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Selina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Selina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Selina's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Selina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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71%funded
$542raised
$221to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Gideon

Gideon is 6-year-old playful boy. Five days ago, Gideon came to the hospital with a complaint of pain in his right hand, which looked like an obvious fracture due to the deformed and swollen appearance of his arm. He was unable to lift his hand. Gideon sustained the fracture while he was playing with his friends in school. Accompanied by his mother, they walked over 16 miles to get to our hospital to see a doctor and get treated. After the doctor's assessment, Gideon was admitted for skin traction to limit movement and reduce his pain and swelling. Now he has been scheduled for Open Reduction and External Fixation (OREF) surgery on Friday, March 20th. Gideon is the second born in a family of three children. He was born and raised in a small village called Kipkaner where most of the inhabitants work on farms or perform other low-income jobs. His parents did not attend school, so they don’t speak Swahili nor English. The family lives in a small mud hut with grass as a roof. His family gets sustenance from their small farm and consists mostly of millet, sorghum and seasonal fruits like mangos. Gideon likes to spend his days looking after her grandmother's goats. He feels that his grandmother will find it hard to take care of her goats when he is sick. Gideon is in severe pain. He has a hard time sleeping. The family is requesting for financial support for their child to undergo surgery. Gideon’s father says, “I want my son to get back to his normal life. It is paining to see him lay in bed without help.”

71% funded

71%funded
$542raised
$221to go