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Success! Grace from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

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

Photo of Grace post-operation

November 14, 2017

Grace underwent a hysterectomy.

After treatment, Grace feels relieved from the pain and discomfort she had experienced for years. Grace hopes to continue with singing and farming to support her family and her children’s school fees.

She says, “I thank donors for supporting my treatment and I pray God to bless and reward donors very much in everything they do.”

After treatment, Grace feels relieved from the pain and discomfort she had experienced for years. Grace hopes to continue with singing and f...

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October 28, 2017

Grace is a 37-year-old woman from Uganda. She has seven children. Her oldest is at a technical college, and the other children attend a primary school. Grace and her husband farm their land and grow millet and peas to support the family. She attends church and enjoys singing hymns and songs. One of her greatest pleasures is spending time with her children and hearing their stories about school.

Since the birth of her first child 21 years ago, Grace has had gynecological symptoms. These symptoms have gradually intensified over the years with the birth of her other children. She is scheduled for a hysterectomy which should cure her symptoms.

Her condition makes it very difficult to perform day-to-day activities, such as farming, due to pain. She previously had surgery but the symptoms returned.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $321 to help fund Grace’s procedure, which is scheduled to occur at the beginning of November.

Grace looks forward to recovering from surgery and being able to farm, dig, and do her usual daily activities without inconvenience and pain from her prior symptoms. She said, “I would like to say a big thank you for all the help and what the donors have done for me. It is such a blessing.”

Grace is a 37-year-old woman from Uganda. She has seven children. Her oldest is at a technical college, and the other children attend a prim...

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Grace's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • October 31, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital 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.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Grace'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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Josephina

Josephina is a young woman from Tanzania. She is the last-born child in a family of seven children, and lives with most of her siblings and both parents. Her parents are small-scale farmers who depend on agriculture to meet their basic needs. Though times have been hard, they are trying to manage. Josephina is hard-working and enjoys helping her mother with home chores like cooking, cleaning dishes, and washing clothes. She completed her primary school education, but unfortunately, she has not been able to continue with further studies because of financial challenges. In 2011, as she was helping her mother in the kitchen, her dress caught fire, burning her around the thighs. She was taken to the hospital where she received treatment for the open wounds. All the wounds healed, leaving her pain free for some time. She has now developed contractures and has pain and discomfort. Josephina came to our health center seeking treatment, but her parents cannot afford to pay for it. They appeal for support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Josephina receive treatment. On October 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her be pain free and live a comfortable life. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Josephina’s mother says, “My child has had to endure pain for a while because we did not know that her condition can be treated. We hope that she won’t have any pain after this.”

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