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Success! Tumuhimbise from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

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Tumuhimbise's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of Tumuhimbise post-operation

April 2, 2021

Tumuhimbise underwent a hysterectomy.

Tumuhimbise underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple leiomyomas with chronic pelvic pain. Her surgery was successful, and she was discharged home feeling well aleady. Now, Tumuhimbise has restored hope that she will be able to practice farming with ease since she will no longer be in pain and she’ll live a better life for her and her family.

Tumuhimbise shared, “May God bless and reward Rushoroza hospital and the Watsi program for making my surgery possible. I had lost hope. May you live long to help many other needy people all over the country.”

Tumuhimbise underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple leiomyomas with chronic pelvic pain. Her surgery was successful, and sh...

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February 15, 2021

Tumuhimbise is a farmer from Uganda and a single mother of two grown children, ages 24 and 30. Unfortunately, she was not able to see them through schooling due to financial challenges. She lives with her elderly parents and takes care of them. She loves singing in church.

For the last six years, Tumuhimbise has experienced chronic abdominal pain, severe bleeding and backaches. She is unable to work on the farm and household chores are becoming difficult, yet she must care for her parents. She has been diagnosed with Multiple Leiomyoma with chronic pelvic pain. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tumuhimbise’s surgery. On February 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tumuhimbise will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Tumuhimbise shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming and caring for my elderly parents as soon as I recover.”

Tumuhimbise is a farmer from Uganda and a single mother of two grown children, ages 24 and 30. Unfortunately, she was not able to see them ...

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Tumuhimbise's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021

    Tumuhimbise was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • February 17, 2021

    Tumuhimbise 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.

  • February 18, 2021

    Tumuhimbise's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021

    Tumuhimbise's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021

    Tumuhimbise's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Tumuhimbise's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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