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Success! Immaculate from Uganda raised $547 to fund gynecological surgery.

Immaculate
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  • $547 raised, $0 to go
$547
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Immaculate's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2016.

Photo of Immaculate post-operation

February 1, 2017

Immaculate underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Immaculate has a big smile on her face now that her fistula has been repaired. Previously, her condition prevented her from enjoying life and practicing her profession, hair dressing. Now, she can plan for her future. She looks forward to continuing her salon work and perhaps owning her own salon someday.

“Thank you to the donors for the very big job they are doing,” says Immaculate. “I hope God will reward them.”

Immaculate has a big smile on her face now that her fistula has been repaired. Previously, her condition prevented her from enjoying life an...

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October 26, 2016

Immaculate is a 21-year-old woman from Uganda. She used to work as a maid, but she just finished a course at a local salon and now works as a hair dresser.

While giving birth, Immaculate experienced complications and developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. This condition causes her discomfort and urinary dysfunction. On October 27, Immaculate underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure.

“I am hoping that one day I will be able to work, save, and be able to support myself,” says Immaculate. “I am so grateful to the people donating towards my care. May God bless you.”

Immaculate is a 21-year-old woman from Uganda. She used to work as a maid, but she just finished a course at a local salon and now works as ...

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Immaculate's Timeline

  • October 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Immaculate 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.

  • November 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Immaculate's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Immaculate's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Immaculate's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Fistula
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $547 for Immaculate's treatment
Hospital Fees
$324
Medical Staff
$51
Medication
$20
Supplies
$118
Labs
$34
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Women with a vesicovaginal fistula experience urinary dysfunction. They may also experience infection and soreness. Women with a rectovaginal fistula experience excretory dysfunction. They may also experience recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections, irritation, pain, and sexual difficulty.

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

This condition often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty. Fistula survivors are some of the most marginalized women in the world. They tend to live in extreme poverty in remote areas without the basic emergency care needed to treat an obstructed labor.

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

The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey estimated that there are between 140,000 to 200,000 women living with a fistula in Uganda. Despite the large number of women with fistulas, social stigma often makes it difficult to identify them. Additionally, women who do not understand the causes of fistula or the possibility of repair may not seek treatment. Others may avoid health facilities altogether. Radio announcements, village health teams, and community leaders can help women come forward.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After the patient arrives at the hospital, she will be admitted by the outpatient department. A clinical officer will review the patient’s file and refer her to a gynecologist for examination. The gynecologist will take the patient's history, examine the patient to determine the extent of the injury and damage, and order relevant tests. He or she will counsel the patient about the surgery and recovery. Surgery will be scheduled. On the day prior to surgery, the patient will be admitted to the hospital. Consent for surgery will be obtained. The patient will be taken to the theater at her scheduled time, and surgery will be performed. After surgery, the patient will be monitored every 30 minutes for four hours. She will stay in the hospital for approximately two weeks. She will receive counseling about the outcome of the surgery and what to expect from recovery.

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

Undergoing a fistula repair surgery can completely change a woman’s life. She will rejoin her community and family and begin planning for her future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Sometimes, fistula surgeries are not successful. More complicated fistulas may require multiple attempts to repair. Other postoperative complications include hemorrhage, infection, anuria, wound breakdown, residual incontinence, hematometra, and urethral and vaginal strictures.

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

There are approximately 18-20 medical facilities that can perform fistula surgery in Uganda. The nearest alternative to Bwindi Community Hospital is over a two-hour drive away on mountainous, dirt roads. Patients typically arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital by foot or motorcycle taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no treatment alternatives.

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