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Success! Ampeire from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Ampeire
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ampeire's treatment was fully funded on March 17, 2021.

Photo of Ampeire post-operation

March 25, 2021

Ampeire underwent a hysterectomy.

Ampeire underwent a hysterectomy to reduce the risk of her cervical lesions becoming cancerous. With full recovery, she will be free from the lower abdominal pain and symptoms that she was experiencing before.

Ampeire shared with a big smile: “Send my gratitude to the entire program’s team and donors for the tremendous work they do towards saving lives of many who are unable. I pray that may the Lord bless you to live longer so that you continue helping others in need like me.”

Ampeire underwent a hysterectomy to reduce the risk of her cervical lesions becoming cancerous. With full recovery, she will be free from th...

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March 1, 2021

Ampeire is a 52-year-old woman from Uganda. Ampeire and her husband are famers, and they have seven children. They work hard, but their income is not enough to meet their living costs.

For the past three years, Ampeire has had abnormal bleeding, back pain and general weakness. The condition has affected her day-to-day life, especially working on the farm. She was examined and diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesions. She needs a total abdominal hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If the condition is not treated, it could become cancerous. Ampeire appeals for help to undergo the surgery and reduce the chance of complications. 

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Ampeire’s surgery. On March 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Ampeire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Ampeire shared, “I hope that once I am operated on, I will be healed and will live a happy life as I continue with farming.”

Ampeire is a 52-year-old woman from Uganda. Ampeire and her husband are famers, and they have seven children. They work hard, but their inco...

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Ampeire's Timeline

  • March 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ampeire was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • March 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ampeire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ampeire received 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.

  • March 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ampeire's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ampeire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Ampeire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
Other
$11
  • 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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