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Tibendwa from Uganda raised $250 to treat uterine fibroids.

Tibendwa
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  • $250 raised, $0 to go
$250
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tibendwa's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2016.
October 21, 2016

Tibendwa sadly and unexpectedly passed away after her surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that after Tibendwa’s hysterectomy, she experienced unexpected complications. About a week after she left the hospital, Tibendwa’s brother called to inform our medical partner that she had passed away at home.

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently––even the ones we wish were different. Thank you so much for your support of Tibendwa and her family.

We are deeply saddened to report that after Tibendwa’s hysterectomy, she experienced unexpected complications. About a week after she left t...

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August 1, 2016

Tibendwa is 46 years old and the mother of three children. She separated from her husband 15 years ago, and currently lives in Uganda.

Tibendwa trades beans and tomatoes where she gets money for food. However, for the past two months, she has not earned any money because she is unable to travel to market places due to her medical condition.

Tibendwa started experiencing lower abdominal pain two years ago. Now she has prolonged bleeding and back pain as well. Due to the pain and bleeding, she finds it hard to bend and to do any straining. Tibendwa visited a health center in her home area in 2015, but she was advised to go to a different hospital farther away. She couldn’t go to the hospital because she had failed to raise money for transport and for her treatment.

Tibendwa eventually was helped by her brother to get transport to come to the hospital. When Tibendwa came to Virika, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and was advised to have surgery but she couldn’t afford to pay for it.

If not treated, Tibendwa may develop anemia or other complications. The only way she could get money is to sell one of her two cows, which would also take long to look for a buyer.

For $250, Holy Family Virika Hospital will perform a total abdominal hysterectomy that Tibendwa needs to get healthy.

“After surgery I plan to continue trading and looking after my children,” shares Tibendwa.

Tibendwa is 46 years old and the mother of three children. She separated from her husband 15 years ago, and currently lives in Uganda. Ti...

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Tibendwa's Timeline

  • August 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 02, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tibendwa received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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.

  • September 06, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tibendwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tibendwa's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Tibendwa. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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