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

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Lydia's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2016.

Photo of Lydia post-operation

January 30, 2017

Lydia underwent a successful hysterectomy.

Lydia is feeling much stronger after her hysterectomy. For four years, her condition had been causing her extreme discomfort. She is now able to enjoy life and plan for the future. She hopes to expand her business to support her family.

“My life is new because of the help I received from generous people at Watsi. I will in turn help others. May God bless you,” says Lydia.

Lydia is feeling much stronger after her hysterectomy. For four years, her condition had been causing her extreme discomfort. She is now abl...

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October 27, 2016

Lydia is a 41-year-old mother of 6 children from Uganda. Lydia is a subsistence farmer growing sim-sim, beans, maize, groundnuts, cassava, millet, and soya beans for food. Her husband Lamek owns sheep, goats, and a few heads of cattle. They milk the cattle and are able to pay school fees for their children.

Lydia has been troubled by uterine prolapse for the last four years which has affected her daily activities from which she gets food to support the family.

During her free time Lydia enjoys listening to her radio from which she gets information and hope, through programs about religion, health programs on feeding her family well, especially children, and programs on how to develop the family’s economy.

She also likes participating with other women in local loans groups from which she borrows money to support and also gets guidance from fellow women on how to manage quarrels in the family.

She also goes to markets where she sells some millet flour, sim-sim, beans and peas for income. Furthermore, during her free time she enjoys grazing and serving water to cattle, goats and sheep.

After her surgery, Lydia hopes she will be strong again and looks forward to continuing with farming and expanding her business through buying more goats.

Lydia’s treatment occurred on 10/28/2016. Lydia says, “I am so grateful for the donors’ support for my treatment. I pray that God blesses you and you support more women who have not gotten a chance to have their functionality restored.” She adds, “I will also support the needy in my community.”

Lydia is a 41-year-old mother of 6 children from Uganda. Lydia is a subsistence farmer growing sim-sim, beans, maize, groundnuts, cassava, m...

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Lydia's Timeline

  • October 27, 2016

    Lydia was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • October 28, 2016

    Lydia 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 11, 2016

    Lydia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2016

    Lydia's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 30, 2017

    Lydia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Lydia'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?

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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