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Success! Tukwasibwe from Uganda raised $228 to fund surgery so she can feel well and resume farming.

Tukwasibwe
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  • $228 raised, $0 to go
$228
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tukwasibwe's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Tukwasibwe post-operation

August 8, 2021

Tukwasibwe underwent successful surgery.

Tukwasibwe’s surgery was a success! The procedure significantly reduced the chances of further painful complications and diseases. Her family is extremely grateful for the support offered by the donors and the hospital. She looks forward to fully recovering and working on the farm again.

Tukwasibwe says, “I have been in pain for a while yet I had nothing I could do about it. My family and I could not afford the surgery charges. I thank the donors for funding my surgery. May God bless you.”

Tukwasibwe's surgery was a success! The procedure significantly reduced the chances of further painful complications and diseases. Her fami...

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July 9, 2021

Tukwasibwe is a mother of nine children. She has never attended school but is proud to be able to spell and write her name and does the best she can. Tukwasibwe’s oldest child is 34 years old and her youngest is 15 years old and currently attending class five at primary school. Tukwasibwe and her husband work as small scale farmers to support themselves and their family.

For three years, Tukwasibwe has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain with bleeding, which has worsened recently to the point where bending and doing strenuous work is difficult. Tukwasibwe tried seeking treatment from different hospitals but was only given medicine to ease the pain. When she came to Rushoroza Hospital, a scan was done and she was diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease. She is scheduled for gynecological surgery on July 10th so that the condition will not further worsen her health.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $228 to fund Tukwasibwe’s hysterectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tukwasibwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

With optimism and dignity, she shares, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery because I can no longer do all my duties due to my current condition. I will continue with farming as soon as I get better.”

Tukwasibwe is a mother of nine children. She has never attended school but is proud to be able to spell and write her name and does the best...

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Tukwasibwe's Timeline

  • July 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tukwasibwe received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tukwasibwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tukwasibwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tukwasibwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Tukwasibwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
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 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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