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Besigye from Uganda raised $230 to fund GYN surgery.

Besigye
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Besigye's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.
January 7, 2021

Besigye did not undergo surgery.

We have an update to share from our medical partner in Uganda: Besigye opted not to have surgery at this time. She did not share much on her reason to delay but we of course respect her decision and wanted to let you know right away. Our medical partner has asked that we close this case and help support another patient who is in need of surgery at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

We have an update to share from our medical partner in Uganda: Besigye opted not to have surgery at this time. She did not share much on her...

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June 8, 2020

Besigye is a farmer from Uganda and a widow after losing her husband in 2012, leaving her with two sons. Her first son is a motorbike taxi operator while the youngest has just finished his studies but hasn’t gotten a job yet. Her husband left her with enough land on which to cultivate food crops like beans, groundnuts, and maize for their family. She also has a coffee and banana plantation from which she generates an income to provide to her family.

Since six years ago, Besigye has been experiencing severe backache, lower abdominal pain, and shared that she often feels weak and uncomfortable. She has been diagnosed with large uterine mass and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Besigye’s surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Besigye will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Besigye says: “I hope to be treated from this condition which I have had for so long. After my surgery, I can continue with cultivation.”

Besigye is a farmer from Uganda and a widow after losing her husband in 2012, leaving her with two sons. Her first son is a motorbike taxi o...

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Besigye's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Besigye was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 09, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Besigye was scheduled to receive treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • June 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Besigye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 07, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Besigye is no longer raising funds.

  • January 07, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Besigye's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Besigye's treatment
Hospital Fees
$148
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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Herrieth is a one-month-old beautiful girl and the firstborn to her young parents who recently graduated from college. Herrieth’s father graduated as a clinical officer, while her mother graduated as a nurse. Unfortunately, both parents have not been able to get an employment opportunity yet. They now help each other make a living through a small business of selling fish in order to be able to raise and take care of their baby. Herrieth was born with a bilateral clubfoot, which her parents were informed is treatable, but due to financial challenges they couldn’t afford the treatment cost. If not treated, Harrieth will not be able to walk properly as she develops and her chances of growing up with disability will be very high. Her parents got to know about Watsi's medical partner and the possibility for their daughter to have her feet corrected, thus they are asking for help. Fortunately, Herrieth's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre and The Plaster House. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 12th and provide critical follow-up care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Herrieth's clubfoot repair. After treatment, as she grows older, she will be able to walk easily, run, and play. Herrieth’s mother says: “We would love to see our daughter lead a normal life without the challenges that come along with being disabled. Please help her.”

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