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Success! Christine from Uganda raised $307 to fund treatment for a uterine mass.

Christine
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  • $307 raised, $0 to go
$307
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$0
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Fully funded
Christine's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Christine post-operation

October 3, 2017

Christine underwent treatment for a uterine mass.

Surgery was successful. After recovery, Christine hopes to resume farming.

She says, “I am very much happy that I can walk again without pain and I pray God to bless donors in everything they do to support treatment of the needy.”

Surgery was successful. After recovery, Christine hopes to resume farming. She says, "I am very much happy that I can walk again without ...

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August 5, 2017

“I thank the donors for everything they do to support our treatment,” shares Christine.

Christine is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. A divorced mother of one, Christine lives with her parents. She works hard to provide for her son, growing beans, bananas, and cassava for food on her father’s small piece of land. She also sells petrol and paraffin for income to support her elderly parents and son’s schooling.

For about two weeks now, Christine has experienced abdominal pain and fever. At the hospital, doctors detected a cystic mass in her uterus. However, they need to conduct more tests to determine the nature of the mass. Specifically, they will conduct a laparotomy, a procedure that entails making an incision in the abdomen in order to gain more diagnostic information.

Christine cannot afford to pay for this new test. But that’s where you come in. Your donation will help us build towards the $307 total we need to sponsor Christine’s laparotomy on August 16. This sum will also provide for her other lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay.

With the information gained from this procedure, Christine’s doctors will be better equipped to develop the best treatment plan for her. This, in turn, means getting Christine back to her family—and to the farm work that supports them—as soon as possible.

“I thank the donors for everything they do to support our treatment,” shares Christine. Christine is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. A d...

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Christine's Timeline

  • August 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Christine was submitted by David Wamuwaya at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • August 16, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christine 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.

  • September 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christine's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Christine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This surgery has no cultural significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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