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Success! Turyagumanawe from Uganda raised $219 to fund treatment for an ovarian mass.

Turyagumanawe
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Turyagumanawe's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Turyagumanawe post-operation

July 21, 2021

Turyagumanawe underwent treatment to remove an ovarian mass.

Turyagumanawe received a hysterectomy treatment to remove the ovarian mass. Her surgery was successful, as she no longer experiences symptoms of bleeding and abdominal pain. Chances of the mass becoming malignant were also greatly reduced. With a restored confidence, Turyagumanawe will resume work on the farm and also rejoin her choir.

Cheerfully, Turyagumanawe says, “Thank God for this program. It is helping us financially. I look forward to resuming farming and singing in the choir.”

Turyagumanawe received a hysterectomy treatment to remove the ovarian mass. Her surgery was successful, as she no longer experiences symptom...

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June 8, 2021

Turyagumanawe is a 46-year-old mother from Uganda. She currently lives with her mother and children, since she lost her husband in 2004. Through small scale farming, Turyagumanawe grows maize, millet and beans. The little profits she earns goes towards her two children’s education and the rest for family upkeep. She loves singing and proudly shared that in the past was the vice-chairperson of her church choir.

For the past three months, Turyagumanawe has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain and other difficult symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a large tubo ovarian mass. Initially, she had gone to a different facility and had pain medication prescribed. However, with the pain and bleeding becoming more severe, Turyagumanawe opted to visit Nyakibale Hospital, where she was ultimately diagnosed and recommended to undergo a hysterectomy. This health condition has affected her daily life, especially her ability to do the things she loves like being present in her church choir. Turyagumanawe hopes to undergo treatment in order to lead a normal life, but is worried about the financial cost of her care.

Turyagumanawe needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyagumanawe’s surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo this procedure at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Turyagumanawe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Turyagumanawe shared, “I will really be grateful if am given your support to receive my treatment. Alone, my finances can’t enable me to raise enough funds for the surgery. I hope to continue with farming so as to provide for my children as their sole parent.”

Turyagumanawe is a 46-year-old mother from Uganda. She currently lives with her mother and children, since she lost her husband in 2004. Thr...

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Turyagumanawe's Timeline

  • June 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Turyagumanawe 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.

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Turyagumanawe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Turyagumanawe's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Turyagumanawe'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 Turyagumanawe'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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