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Success! Pica from Uganda raised $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

Pica
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  • $321 raised, $0 to go
$321
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pica's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Pica post-operation

November 14, 2017

Pica underwent a hysterectomy.

After treatment, Pica feels her life has changed. She hopes to resume her farming activities to support her family and grandchildren. She also hopes to resume visiting friends and relatives and to continue with church activities.

She says, “I thank donors for supporting my treatment and I pray God to always protect them in life.”

After treatment, Pica feels her life has changed. She hopes to resume her farming activities to support her family and grandchildren. She al...

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October 28, 2017

A 70-year-old woman from Uganda, Pica has been dealing with complications from a vaginal prolapse since the birth of her last child 25 years ago. As a result, she has had ongoing problems with lower abdominal pain.

Pica has sought help from local health centers, but has received only medication for the pain rather than surgical treatment. Now, doctors are recommending that she undergo a total vaginal hysterectomy and a perineal tear repair on November 2.

Although these two procedures will likely bring Pica substantial relief and prevent further complications, she cannot afford to pay for them by herself. Because her husband has passed away, Pica works alone as a farmer, raising cotton, millet, and beans to provide food and income to her large family of eight children and twenty grandchildren.

We can help Pica by raising the $321 she needs to pay for her procedures, lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay.

When she has recovered from her surgery, Pica says that she would like to try to start a small business. With your assistance, she can pursue this dream—and live without pain for the first time in 25 years.

A 70-year-old woman from Uganda, Pica has been dealing with complications from a vaginal prolapse since the birth of her last child 25 years...

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Pica's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pica was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • November 2, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pica 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 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pica's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pica's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Pica's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$101
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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