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

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

Photo of Joselin post-operation

November 3, 2016

Joselin received a successful hysterectomy.

Joselin got her surgery and by the time she left the hospital, she was very enthusiastic about going back to her home. Joselin hopes to support women in her community who face challenges like her and give them social support and counsel.

“I know there are many women in my community whom husbands have left due to conditions like mine. May God bless the people that made this treatment possible for me,” Joselin shared.

Joselin got her surgery and by the time she left the hospital, she was very enthusiastic about going back to her home. Joselin hopes to supp...

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September 26, 2016

Joselin is a seventy-year-old subsistence farmer from Uganda. She grows sweet potatoes and also keeps four goats from which she gets milk to sell. During her free time, Joselin weaves baskets, which she also sells. However, it is currently a dry season and she cannot easily get the raw materials.

Joselin has suffered from uterine prolapse since 1968. Joselin now requires a hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix.

$321 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Joselin needs. After this surgery, she hopes to feel normal again and get involved in her community activities. She also hopes to support other women who have the same challenges.

“I thank the people supporting me to get this life changing surgery and treatment, I cannot manage the cost by myself. May God bless you abundantly,” says Joselin.

Joselin is a seventy-year-old subsistence farmer from Uganda. She grows sweet potatoes and also keeps four goats from which she gets milk to...

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Joselin's Timeline

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joselin 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
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joselin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joselin's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joselin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Joselin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • 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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