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Success! Kyomukama from Uganda raised $228 to fund uterine fibroid treatment.

Kyomukama
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  • $228 raised, $0 to go
$228
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kyomukama's treatment was fully funded on February 9, 2021.

Photo of Kyomukama post-operation

February 1, 2021

Kyomukama underwent uterine fibroid treatment.

Kyomukama had a hysterectomy to help treat her uterine fibroids. The surgery was successful and she was discharged home feeling so much better. Kyomukama is hopeful she will be able to practice farming with ease since she will no longer be in pain.

Kyomukama believes she will live a better life and through hard work, she will be able to assist her husband in further development of their family. She shared, “I thank WATSI for making my surgery a success and Rushoroza Hospital for taking good care of me. I will resume my farming as soon as possible.”

Kyomukama had a hysterectomy to help treat her uterine fibroids. The surgery was successful and she was discharged home feeling so much bett...

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October 6, 2020

Kyomukama is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. Kyomukama is a mother of seven and is a small-scale farmer while her husband is a primary school teacher. Their firstborn is now 31 years old and is married already. All their other six children are in school and the cost of their school fees is a major challenge for the family.

Kyomukama started having backaches about five years ago. She visited different clinics and could only get tablets to relieve her pain. This pain has persisted over time and has now spread to her legs, abdomen and joints. She came to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice.

At Rushoroza, she presented with chronic pelvic pain and scan results show she has intra-uterine fibroids. If not treated, pain could stop her from doing her day to day survival activities and her quality of life will continue to be be affected negatively. Kyomukama can no longer do heavy work and has no peace at all due to her pains; her production in agriculture has been reduced.

During her free time, she likes making handcrafts but has now started making them full time since she can’t go to the fields to practice farming. She is seeking financial support for the surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Kyomukama’s surgery. On October 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kyomukama will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Kyomukama says, “My family cannot afford the surgery charges and I am in a lot of pain. I will resume farming as soon as possible once given treatment.”

Kyomukama is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. Kyomukama is a mother of seven and is a small-scale farmer while her husband is a primary scho...

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Kyomukama's Timeline

  • October 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kyomukama was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyomukama's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyomukama 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.

  • February 01, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyomukama's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 09, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyomukama's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Kyomukama's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
Other
$11
  • 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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