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Success! Dafurose from Uganda raised $307 to fund diagnostic surgery.

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

Photo of Dafurose post-operation

October 9, 2017

Dafurose underwent diagnostic surgery.

After treatment, Dafurose feels relief from the severe pain she had before treatment. She hopes to have more children.

She says, “I am so grateful for the support offered to save my life by the donors and I pray God to reward them endlessly in their life.”

After treatment, Dafurose feels relief from the severe pain she had before treatment. She hopes to have more children. She says, "I am s...

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September 23, 2017

“I thank you for supporting my treatment,” shares Dafurose, a 35-year-old woman from rural Uganda. “I will always pray for God to bless the donors in everything they do.”

Dafurose has one daughter and works very hard to support her daily needs and education. Dafurose is a farmer who grows beans, bananas, groundnuts, and cassava. In her free time, she enjoys visiting friends and relatives, as well as helping her daughter with her homework.

For the past thirteen years, Dafurose has lived with abdominal pain and fevers. Her visits to the doctor usually result in prescriptions for painkillers, but these do not treat the underlying problem. Recently, her pain has been getting worse, and has decreased her ability to farm.

Dafurose was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, where a physician diagnosed her with multiple abdominal masses. However, her care team needs to gather more information about the nature of the masses before they can develop a treatment plan. This information can be obtained with a laparotomy, a diagnostic surgery involving an incision in the abdomen.

Although Dafurose cannot afford this operation on her own, we can sponsor it for $307. This will also cover the costs of the necessary lab tests and five-day hospital stay.

After treatment, Dafurose hopes to resume farming. Let’s make sure she is able to start working—and supporting her daughter—again soon.

“I thank you for supporting my treatment,” shares Dafurose, a 35-year-old woman from rural Uganda. “I will always pray for God to bless the ...

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Dafurose's Timeline

  • September 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dafurose was submitted by David Wamuwaya at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • September 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dafurose 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 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dafurose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 9, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dafurose's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dafurose's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Dafurose'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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