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Success! Justine from Uganda raised $214 to fund a C-Section to safely deliver her baby.

Justine
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$214
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Fully funded
Justine's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Justine post-operation

January 11, 2023

Justine underwent a C-Section to safely deliver her baby.

Justine had a C-section due and delivered a baby girl weighing 3.3 kgs. She was relieved that her new daughter was born healthy. After her full recovery, Justine plans to resume farming.

Justine says, “Many thanks to the donor program and Rushoroza Hospital for making my surgery a success. I thank God for giving me an opportunity to become a mother. May God bless and reward you.”

Justine had a C-section due and delivered a baby girl weighing 3.3 kgs. She was relieved that her new daughter was born healthy. After her f...

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September 27, 2022

Justine is a 27-year-old woman from Uganda. She works as a small-scale farmer, and her husband works as a hotel attendant. Justine lives near Rushoroza Hospital, our medical partner’s care center, and has been walking there for her antenatal visits to ensure she has a healthy baby. During her free time, Justine enjoys visiting her friends.

Justine is expecting a baby soon, and the doctors recommended that she deliver via a caesarean section to ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Justine undergo this procedure, which is scheduled for September 29th. AMH is requesting $214 to cover the cost of Justine’s surgery.

Justine shared, “I believe that I am in safe hands at Rushoroza, and I pray that I may have a successful surgery.”

Justine is a 27-year-old woman from Uganda. She works as a small-scale farmer, and her husband works as a hotel attendant. Justine lives nea...

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Justine's Timeline

  • September 27, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Justine was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Justine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 29, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Justine received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Justine's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Justine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Caesarean section (C-Section)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Justine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$101
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$15
Supplies
$48
Labs
$9
Other
$29
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms depend on the particular condition that is being indicative of the c-section. Usually the doctor schedules a c-section because she anticipates complications closer to the time of labor. A common reason for c-section is a previous c-section, which can make a vaginal birth more difficult. The previous c-section may have been performed as an emergency, for fetal distress, if the mother's pelvis is too small, or if there was a previous or current complication of pregnancy. A more complete set of indications for a c-section includes: 1. Breech presentation- position in which the feet or buttocks appear first during birth 2. Diabetes in childbirth/Gestational diabetes - in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before caused by improper insulin responses, can lead to macrosomia (large baby) and making vaginal birth difficult. 3. Ectopic pregnancy - a pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube 4. History of molar/ectopic pregnancy- previous pregnancy(cies) in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube. 5. History of pre-term labor - Previous regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 6. Multiple gestation - carrying two or more fetuses simultaneously. 7. Oligohydramnios - a condition in which not enough amniotic fluid, which surrounds the fetus, is produced. 8. Pre-eclampsia - high blood pressure in pregnancy characterized sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria (abnormal quantities of protein in the urine). 9. Pre-term labor - regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 10. Rupture of uterus before labor - A full thickness disruption of the uterine wall before labor resulting in life threatening maternal and fetal compromise. 11. Rupture of uterus during labor- A full thickness disruption of the uterine wall during labor resulting in life threatening maternal and fetal compromise. 12. Suspicion of chorioamnionitis - intra amniotic infection. Typically results from bacteria ascending into the uterus from the vagina and is most often associated with prolonged labor. 13. Suspicion of cord compression - obstruction of blood flow through the umbilical cord secondary to pressure from an external object or misalignment of the cord itself. 14. Suspicion of morphological/functional placental abnormality - abnormal structure (as with twinning) and functioning of the placenta. Other abnormalities of placenta are degree or site of inplantation and mechanical abnormalities. 15. Suspicion of other membrane abnormality. 16. Suspicion of other umbilical cord condition - the cord that connects the fetus to the placenta during gestation. It could be infected or have another condition. 17. Suspicion of placenta previa - A condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, thus interfering with normal delivery of the baby. 18. Suspicion of placental separation/hemorrhage - a pregnancy complication where placental lining has separated from the uterus of the mother prior to delivery. It is the most common pathological cause of late pregnancy bleeding. 19. Suspicion of placental transfusion syndromes - a disease of the placenta or afterbirth that affects identical twins or higher multiple gestations pregnancies who share a common monochorionic placenta. Causes disproportionate blood supply resulting in high morbidity and mortality. 20. Suspicion of prolapsed cord - umbilical cord prolapse is where the umbilical cord comes out of the uterus before the baby's head and can cause still birth as it cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the baby. 21. Suspicion of unspecified membrane abnormality. 22. Unspecified high risk pregnancy - when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby or both. Example maternal age, medical conditions that exist before pregnancy or occur during pregnancy. 23. Unspecified obstetric trauma - injuries suffered by women during delivery, usually refers to perineal lacerations/ tears- the perineum separates the vagina from the anus.

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

Puts the mother's and baby's health and survival at risk.

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

In low and middle income countries, large sectors of the population lack access to basic obstetric care. Therefore, maternal mortality continues to be high. According to WHO, every year in the world, there is an additional need for 0.8-3.2 million c-sections in low income countries where 60% of the world's births occur.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Please refer to the AMHF treatment process document.

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

Safe delivery. A healthy baby and mother. Prevention of mortality and complications, such as vesico-vaginal fistulae (VVF).

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Elective c-sections are considered relatively safe. But it does pose a higher risk of some complications than does a vaginal delivery. Example: a longer recovery time needed, heavy blood loss, infection, blood clots in the legs or lungs, bowel problems, fetal injury: placenta complications, breaking open of the incision or scar. However, when a c-section is truly needed, the procedure is life saving.

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

There are few quality centers with qualified personnel and adequate equipment to perform a c-section.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Trials of vaginal delivery can be tried in some women but for many expectant mothers an elective c-section is planned because the doctor deems a trial of vaginal delivery unsafe or even impossible.

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Vanis

Vanis is a 60 year old small-scale farmer. She and her husband - who passed away in 2021 - had eleven children, of whom nine are still alive. Vanis had to leave school because of a lack of the fees necessary to remain in school, and of her children, only her youngest has been able to be educated. Over 20 years ago, Vanis began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small neck swelling that later started progressing in size. She initially thought it was a temporary condition, and resorted to using herbs, which did not help to relieve her symptoms. After delivering her first five children, she underwent a thyroidectomy, and she felt better. However, her symptoms recurred after she gave birth to six more children, and this time, the swelling was larger than it had ever been. She finds that she is unable to carry loads on her head, and she will occasionally experience difficulty breathing. Vanis has been diagnosed with a non-toxic, multinodular goiter, and she needs surgery to resolve her condition. Her family cannot afford to pay for her treatment, but our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has stepped up to help Vanis access the care that she needs. They are requesting $333 to fund Vanis' procedure, which is scheduled to take place on December 3rd, at Rushoroza Hospital, and which will ensure that Vanis' symptoms do not get worse over time. Vanis says: “I pray that I may be considered for treatment so that I may live a normal life once again. I will continue with farming as soon as possible.”

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