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Success! Kakuba from Uganda raised $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

Kakuba
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$208
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Kakuba's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2020.

Photo of Kakuba post-operation

February 21, 2020

Kakuba underwent a hysterectomy.

Kakuba underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy plus bilateral salpingectomy treatment after being diagnosed with a bleeding cervical polyp. She is currently doing well and in good health condition.

Kakuba says, “I am extremely happy for my surgery having been supported under your program because I had no means to pay for it. May the Lord reward you abundantly in return. I am hoping to continue with my farming after I have fully recovered.”

Kakuba underwent a successful total abdominal hysterectomy plus bilateral salpingectomy treatment after being diagnosed with a bleeding cerv...

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November 18, 2019

Kakuba is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to five children; all married but practicing small scale farming. Her elderly husband also practices domestic small scale farming as well as her for only home consumption and some supplies sold for home maintenance.

Six years ago, Kakuba has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and epigastric pain. She has been diagnosed with Cervical polyp. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kakuba’s surgery. On November 19th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kakuba will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kakuba says, “I pray that my condition is relived so that I can continue supporting my family and practicing cultivation as well.”

Kakuba is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to five children; all married but practicing small scale farming. Her elderly hu...

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Kakuba's Timeline

  • November 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kakuba was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 21, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakuba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakuba received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakuba's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakuba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Kakuba's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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 (tumors in the uterus) 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?

Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside an 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 time 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 that only removes the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Ian

We met with eleven-year-old Ian in the hospital ward as he was admitted for a skin traction after he fell from a tree and broke his left hand. His mother sat beside him helplessly while she watched her only son in pain. It took me time for his mother to talk as she was feeling very disturbed and stressed because of her son's condition. She was trying to help him sit up but he couldn’t because of his fractured hand. Ian was brought to the hospital accompanied by his parents. They walked for hours to get the nearest health facility where he was referred to our hospital for surgical review. On arrival, he had an x-ray done which showed that Ian had fractured his left supracondylar. Ian is the third born child in a family of five. He is the eldest son of Christine and Isaac. They are a humble family who is struggling financially and often lack food for their children. Ian's father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife. They live in a two-roomed mud house in upcountry of Kenya. Ian's father, who is a maize farmer says that his farming is not doing well due to poor rains in the area and he has not been getting good yields in recent years. Medical examination shows that Ian needs urgent surgical intervention for his hand, but his family is unable to raise money for their son’s surgery apart from $30 that they collected from friends and family. His family is requesting our prayers and financial support for Ian’s treatment enable him use his hand. Christine, Ian’s mother says, “It is painful to see my son cry in pain. I hope he will receive treatment soon. All I want is to see him happy.”

35% funded

35%funded
$273raised
$490to go