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Success! Nyinebirabo from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Nyinebirabo
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$219
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Fully funded
Nyinebirabo's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2021.

Photo of Nyinebirabo post-operation

May 24, 2021

Nyinebirabo underwent a hysterectomy.

Nyinebirabo received a total abdominal hysterectomy and her surgery went successfully, reducing complications like anaemia. With complete recovery, she will finally be free from her backaches and abdominal pains.

Nyinebirabo says “thank you so much for supporting my surgery, I have nothing to pay you back in return but pray that God may reward you abundantly. I hope to continue with farming once I have fully recovered.”

Nyinebirabo received a total abdominal hysterectomy and her surgery went successfully, reducing complications like anaemia. With complete re...

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April 21, 2021

Nyinebirabo is a 54-year-old woman who helps work in her neighbor’s farms to earn an income for her daily necessities. For the past year, she has not been able to sustain lengthy working periods on the farms because she’s developed uterine fibroids. Nyinebirabo has not been able to access treatment due to the cost of care, but she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nyinebirabo’s surgery. On April 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Nyinebirabo will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and worry.

Nyinebirabo shared, “I really ask you to have mercy on me and help me undergo the surgery because it’s the only way I can regain my health. I hope to resume farming and continue providing for my basic needs once recovered.”

Nyinebirabo is a 54-year-old woman who helps work in her neighbor's farms to earn an income for her daily necessities. For the past year, sh...

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Nyinebirabo's Timeline

  • April 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nyinebirabo was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nyinebirabo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nyinebirabo received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • May 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nyinebirabo's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nyinebirabo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Nyinebirabo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
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 (tumors in the uterus) 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?

Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside an 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 time 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 that only removes the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Fred

Fred is a motorbike delivery man from Kenya. He is the last born in a family of five. Fred recently got a job in Nairobi making deliveries using a motorbike. He has only been working for two months at his job. On average, he can make $4 a day. The single young man lives in an apartment costing $30 a month. He does not have active medical insurance coverage do to the cost. His parents are small-scale farmers who grow food crops for home-use on their half an acre piece of land in Kisii. Fred's parents rely on him for upkeep and income since not all his siblings have jobs. To save money, he had travelled to his ancestral home in Kisii (about 500 km from Nairobi) to visit his elderly parents using his work motorbike. He was involved in an accident along Maai Maihiu road while going back to Nairobi. A personal car was on the wrong side of the narrow road and unfortunately hit him. He was rushed to Kijabe Hospital as an emergency case and admitted right away. X-rays revealed that he has a midshaft fracture femur, distal fibular fracture, ulna styloid fracture, Scaphoid fracture, and fracture of his finger.. The Orthopedic team has recommended right femur and right distal tibia fracture repair surgery. He is currently unable to walk or use his right leg and arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 25th, Fred will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk again and use his arm again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Fred says, “I am young and have a life to lead, I cannot lose my leg. I recently started working with high hopes for my future and supporting my elderly parents. I also promised my brother to pay for his college fees. Sadly, I now cannot walk or use my legs”.

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$1,302raised
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