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Success! Bolhubasa from Uganda raised $268 to fund gynecological surgery.

Bolhubasa
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  • $268 raised, $0 to go
$268
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Bolhubasa's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2019.

Photo of Bolhubasa post-operation

January 7, 2019

Bolhubasa underwent gynecological surgery.

Bolhubasa’s total abdominal hysterectomy was successful. She is no longer at risk of having irregular gynecological symptoms and pain. After recovery she will resume her daily activities at home.

She says, “May the creator of heaven and earth reward you. After recovery I will resume with my business. May God double blessings.”

Bolhubasa’s total abdominal hysterectomy was successful. She is no longer at risk of having irregular gynecological symptoms and pain. After...

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December 17, 2018

Bolhubasa is a market vender from Uganda. She is married and a mother of five children.

For seven months, Bolhubasa has been experiencing abdominal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with endometrial polyps. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Bolhubasa’s surgery. On December 19, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Bolhubasa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

She says, “After surgery I will resume with my business.”

Bolhubasa is a market vender from Uganda. She is married and a mother of five children. For seven months, Bolhubasa has been experiencin...

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Bolhubasa's Timeline

  • December 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bolhubasa was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 17, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bolhubasa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bolhubasa received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • January 7, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bolhubasa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 30, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bolhubasa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $268 for Bolhubasa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$182
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$76
Supplies
$0
Labs
$10
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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