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Success! Vastina from Uganda raised $321 for a hysterectomy.

  • $321 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Vastina's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Vastina post-operation

November 15, 2016

Vastina successfully received a hysterectomy.

Vastina’s surgery was a success! She’s currently back at home resting, and is on track for a full recovery. Once she heals, she’s expected to be able to walk long distances with no problem at all.

“I had difficulty in doing my daily chores, and also never felt comfortable being in gatherings due to my situation,” shares Vastina. “I thank the people that donated to my care.”

Vastina's surgery was a success! She's currently back at home resting, and is on track for a full recovery. Once she heals, she's expected t...

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September 26, 2016

Vastina is a 30-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Vastina and her husband are subsistence farmers in a village. They grow cassava, beans, groundnuts, and millet. Her husband also works making bricks to earn a living for the family. Vastina used to weave mats to get to help support the family, but now is in such discomfort, cannot work, even at weaving. When she is feeling better, Vastina enjoys listening to the radio, especially health, religious, and family strengthening programs. Vastina also enjoys playing with her children after school and on Sundays.

Three years ago, Vastina’s uterus partially prolapsed after delivering her first child. Because she was still young and wanted more children, Vastina was advised to wait and see if her uterus could recover. Fortunately, she was able to conceive again and her second child was born a few months ago. However, after this delivery, her uterus prolapsed completely. Vastina now needs a complete hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and cervix).

Vastina and her husband cannot afford to pay for Vastina’s surgery. $321 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Vastina needs. Let’s help raise the funds!

Vastina says, “I would like to thank all the donors for supporting me and I pray to God to bless them.”

Vastina is a 30-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Vastina and her husband are subsistence farmers in a village. They grow cassava, beans, ...

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Vastina's Timeline

  • September 26, 2016

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

  • September 28, 2016

    Vastina 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.

  • October 7, 2016

    Vastina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016

    Vastina's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016

    Vastina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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