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Success! Betty from Uganda raised $547 to fund corrective surgery.

Betty
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$547
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Betty's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2016.

Photo of Betty post-operation

January 24, 2017

Betty underwent corrective surgery.

After surgery, Betty has regained her health. She no longer experiences uncomfortable symptoms. She hopes to continue with her business idea of selling pancakes at schools. Her husband is very happy and very grateful to the donors who supported Betty’s surgery.

Betty says, “Thank you so much. I am so happy to be well again.”

After surgery, Betty has regained her health. She no longer experiences uncomfortable symptoms. She hopes to continue with her business idea...

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October 24, 2016

Betty is a 26-year-old mother of three from Uganda. During her free time, Betty enjoys listening to gospel music and radio programs about crime prevention.

In August of this year, Betty was in labor for three days without medical supervision. Eventually, she was rushed to the hospital to undergo a C-section. As a result of this delivery, Betty developed an abnormal condition in a sensitive area.

Betty and her husband, Isaac, are subsistence farmers, growing maize, sim sim, millet, and soya beans. Betty’s condition has affected her ability to work and join others in the community.

On October 25, 2016, doctors performed a repair surgery. Now, Betty needs help to pay for this $547 procedure.

When she recovers, Betty hopes to make pan cakes to sell at the local market. She also plans to walk her children to school. Betty dreams of taking tailoring classes, so that she can craft clothes and uniforms for children in her community.

“I want to thank Watsi for this opportunity to have my health restored, and I wish to thank the donors for making it possible for me to get this operation,” says Betty. “I pray that I will get better after surgery, gain my ability, and continue with my work.”

Betty is a 26-year-old mother of three from Uganda. During her free time, Betty enjoys listening to gospel music and radio programs about cr...

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Betty's Timeline

  • October 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Betty was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Betty 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 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Betty's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Betty's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Betty's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Fistula
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $547 for Betty's treatment
Hospital Fees
$324
Medical Staff
$51
Medication
$20
Supplies
$118
Labs
$34
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Women with a vesicovaginal fistula experience urinary dysfunction. They may also experience infection and soreness. Women with a rectovaginal fistula experience excretory dysfunction. They may also experience recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections, irritation, pain, and sexual difficulty.

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

This condition often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty. Fistula survivors are some of the most marginalized women in the world. They tend to live in extreme poverty in remote areas without the basic emergency care needed to treat an obstructed labor.

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

The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey estimated that there are between 140,000 to 200,000 women living with a fistula in Uganda. Despite the large number of women with fistulas, social stigma often makes it difficult to identify them. Additionally, women who do not understand the causes of fistula or the possibility of repair may not seek treatment. Others may avoid health facilities altogether. Radio announcements, village health teams, and community leaders can help women come forward.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After the patient arrives at the hospital, she will be admitted by the outpatient department. A clinical officer will review the patient’s file and refer her to a gynecologist for examination. The gynecologist will take the patient's history, examine the patient to determine the extent of the injury and damage, and order relevant tests. He or she will counsel the patient about the surgery and recovery. Surgery will be scheduled. On the day prior to surgery, the patient will be admitted to the hospital. Consent for surgery will be obtained. The patient will be taken to the theater at her scheduled time, and surgery will be performed. After surgery, the patient will be monitored every 30 minutes for four hours. She will stay in the hospital for approximately two weeks. She will receive counseling about the outcome of the surgery and what to expect from recovery.

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

Undergoing a fistula repair surgery can completely change a woman’s life. She will rejoin her community and family and begin planning for her future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Sometimes, fistula surgeries are not successful. More complicated fistulas may require multiple attempts to repair. Other postoperative complications include hemorrhage, infection, anuria, wound breakdown, residual incontinence, hematometra, and urethral and vaginal strictures.

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

There are approximately 18-20 medical facilities that can perform fistula surgery in Uganda. The nearest alternative to Bwindi Community Hospital is over a two-hour drive away on mountainous, dirt roads. Patients typically arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital by foot or motorcycle taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no treatment alternatives.

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