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Success! Kampire from Uganda raised $239 to fund gyn surgery.

Kampire
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  • $239 raised, $0 to go
$239
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kampire's treatment was fully funded on October 17, 2020.

Photo of Kampire post-operation

July 8, 2020

Kampire underwent surgery to treat her pelvic inflammatory disease.

After the surgery, Kampire was in some pain but looked normal. She was very happy because her aunt and other relatives had come to visit at the hospital and she felt at home and loved. The next day, she reported no complaints except the bloody discharge from the incision site. As time went on, she reported no major complaints and the incision site was healing well so she was finally discharged.

Kampire shared, “I had lost hope, I never thought I would be myself again. I thank the Rushoroza Hospital staff for they are loving, caring, kind and speak calmly to their patients, that alone gave me hope. After recovery, I will start my dry produce business, the business I had lost due to severe pain and helplessness. Long live Watsi.”

After the surgery, Kampire was in some pain but looked normal. She was very happy because her aunt and other relatives had come to visit at ...

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May 19, 2020

Kampire is a mother of two from rural Uganda. In 2014, she starting feeling lower abdominal pains. When her pains persisted and became severe, she went to Kabale Regional Hospital to seek medical advice. She was informed after a scan, that she had a bulky uterus and was given medication in the form of tablets to relieve her of the severe pain. This did not help her completely and she decided to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek additional medical attention.

At Rushoroza, she was diagnosed with with pelvic inflammatory disease. If not treated, she will continue experiencing severe pain, which is keeping her from doing her normal duties.

Kampire is currently staying at her Aunt’s home. She has no considerable income-generating activity but earlier she was a businesswoman who dealt in selling and buying dry produce such as beans. Her husband was abroad for some time and recently separated.

Kampire told us, “May God have mercy on me and I get support for my surgery. After the surgery, I would be able to restart my dry produce business by working hard and acquiring an agricultural loan.”

Kampire is a mother of two from rural Uganda. In 2014, she starting feeling lower abdominal pains. When her pains persisted and became sever...

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Kampire's Timeline

  • May 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kampire received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • May 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kampire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kampire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 17, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kampire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $239 for Kampire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$157
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
  • 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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