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Success! Honest from Uganda raised $303 to safely deliver her baby.

Honest
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  • $303 raised, $0 to go
$303
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$0
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Fully funded
Honest's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2016.

Photo of Honest post-operation

May 2, 2016

Honest safely delivered her new baby.

“Honest delivered a baby boy weighing 8.4 pounds, and both are doing well and resting after surgery,” reports her doctor at the Kellermann Foundation. “She has named her son Abarn and is looking forward to introducing him to his brothers and sisters.”

“I will give thanks to God for blessing me with a healthy child and for the support from Watsi,” Honest said.

"Honest delivered a baby boy weighing 8.4 pounds, and both are doing well and resting after surgery," reports her doctor at the Kellermann F...

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March 11, 2016

Honest is a 32-year-old woman who lives with her husband and children in Uganda. She and her husband earn their income as farmers to support their children. She volunteers her time as a churchwarden, organizing or delivering sermons.

Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, tells us: “She is also an active member of her community’s family health organization, and helps other mothers better understand family planning and nutrition.”

Honest is pregnant with her fourth child, and has passed her due date. Her doctors estimated her baby will weigh about five kilograms (11 pounds). At that size, her doctors advised her to have a C-section to avoid complications associated with a high-risk natural delivery.

For $303, Honest can receive her C-section. The total cost covers the procedures, supplies, and five days of inpatient care. Honest’s family has already paid $4 towards the C-section, but needs financial assistance for the remainder.

With her C-section, Honest and her new baby will go through delivery and recovery safely. Honest is hopeful that her baby will grow up to be a teacher. The Kellermann Foundation tells us, “Honest gives thanks to God for the help from Watsi supporters, and hopes God blesses them.” Honest looks forward to raising her new baby and adding to her family.

Honest is a 32-year-old woman who lives with her husband and children in Uganda. She and her husband earn their income as farmers to support...

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Honest's Timeline

  • March 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Honest was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • March 14, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Honest received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • April 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Honest's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Honest's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 2, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Honest's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
C-Section w/Antenatal Care
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Expectant mothers with the following conditions are recommended for C-sections: two previous C-sections, twins in same sack, twins with previous a C-section, pelvic abnormalities, improperly-positioned babies, large babies, prima gravida at a young age, and other uterine conditions or operations. Obstructed labor causes great pain in the mother, and neglected obstructed labor is a major cause of both maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. At Bwindi Community Hospital, elective Cesarean sections are recommended for expectant mothers who are predicted to have obstructed labor.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

One of the most severe and distressing long-term conditions following untreated obstructed labor is an obstetric fistula, a hole which forms in the vaginal wall. Fistulas lead to urinary and stool incontinence. In developing countries, fistulas are commonly the result of prolonged obstructed labor, which could have been prevented by a C-section.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Malnutrition is common in poor areas of Uganda. A patient with stunting or a contracted pelvis will need a C-section. Additionally, the rate of teenage pregnancy is higher in poor families. A young, first-time mother is more likely to need a C-section because her pelvis is not fully developed.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Mothers attending antenatal classes are identified by community health nurses as potentially needing C-sections. As her expected delivery date nears, the mother arrives at the hospital and is seen at outpatient triage. If she arrives before her due date, the mother is sent to the mother's waiting hostel for up to one month. When at term, the mother is sent to obstetrics. The obstetrician takes her history and admits her to the maternity ward. She receives family planning counseling. Blood samples are taken, and surgery is scheduled for the next day. Procedures are explained to the patient and her attendant, and consent for surgery is obtained. An anesthetist reviews the patient's history and determines what type and amount of anesthesia is required. Before surgery, an IV line is inserted. The patient receives the antibiotic Ampicillin and 500 ml of saline IV fluids. A urinary catheter is inserted, and the patient is taken to the operating theater at her scheduled time. The surgery is performed and an IUD is inserted, if requested by the patient. A midwife is present to receive the baby. The baby is examined by the midwife and kept warm. The mother is monitored for 30 minutes in the theater, then returned to the maternity ward. She continues to be monitored. With her new baby, the mother will stay in the hospital approximately 5 to 7 days. She will have a daily review by a medical officer. She will receive antibiotics and painkillers three times a day.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment can save the lives of the mother and the baby and prevent long-term complications from obstructed labor.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are always risks to surgery. Possible risks include reactions to medications or anesthesia, blood loss, and infection. However, for mothers who are at risk of obstructed labor, a C-section is the safer alternative.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This treatment is not easily accessible. It is only available at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. The other referral hospital is more than a three-hour drive away. Most expectant mothers who will need C-sections are identified by the community nurses who visit the surrounding villages on a regular basis.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients who have not been to antenatal care and have not had a scan may not know they are at risk for obstructed labor. They may try to deliver at home or in a local health center.

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