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

Gaudy
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$219
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$0
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Fully funded
Gaudy's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2022.

Photo of Gaudy post-operation

November 3, 2022

Gaudy underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

Gaudy’s surgery was successful. She is not in pain anymore and is relieved her other symptoms are improving. Upon full recovery, she plans on resuming her day-to-day work without her past impediments. She is grateful for the funding and support received!

Gaudy says: “My life was so stressful before due to the various symptoms I had. But now I am feeling much better and am glad that I will be able to resume to my usual activities for the wellbeing of my family.”

Gaudy's surgery was successful. She is not in pain anymore and is relieved her other symptoms are improving. Upon full recovery, she plans o...

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May 9, 2022

Gaudy is a 45-year-old farmer living with her husband. Gaudy and her husband - who is also a farmer - have five children, one of whom is a teacher, while another is a nurse. Because her family didn’t have the money to pay her school fees, Gaudy was only able to study through year six in primary school.

For two years, Gaudy has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backache, and other worrisome symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesions, and will need to undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus.

Because of their family’s limited income, Gaudy and her husband are unable to cover the costs of Gaudy’s treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Gaudy’s surgery, which will take place on May 10th at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital In Nyakibale. Once she has recovered, Gaudy will be able to resume her daily activities, finally free of pain.

Gaudy says: “I hope to get much better after my surgery and to regain my health once my surgery is successfully done.”

Gaudy is a 45-year-old farmer living with her husband. Gaudy and her husband - who is also a farmer - have five children, one of whom is a ...

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Gaudy's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gaudy was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gaudy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gaudy received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • October 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gaudy's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gaudy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Gaudy'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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83%funded
$1,238raised
$248to go

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Saw Eh

Saw Eh is a two-year-old boy who lives with his mother and older sister in a refugee camp in Thailand. Both he and his older sister go to nursery school. His mother weaves and sells traditional Karen clothing to earn extra money in addition to the small amount they receive every month on a cash card. When Saw Eh was two months old, he began crying a lot and his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area. He received medication at the hospital in the refugee camp, which helped alleviate his discomfort and crying. However, Saw Eh began experiencing pain in the same sensitive area this past June. This pain often causes him to miss school, as well as to cry frequently again. His mother shares that when he cries, she must hold him, meaning she no longer has time to weave clothes. During the short moments when the pain lessens after taking painkillers, Saw Eh loves playing with his friends and his sister. When his family brought him to the hospital, a medic told them that they would have to wait for a doctor to visit the refugee camp. When Saw Eh was finally seen by a doctor in late July, he and his family were referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sariang Hospital, for treatment. He was diagnosed with hydrocele in his left scrotum and a left inguinal hernia. Due to his severe condition, the doctor admitted him and scheduled his surgery to take place that same night, August 4th. However, Saw Eh's mother shares that she cannot pay for her son's needed treatment due to financial constraints. Fortunately, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for financial assistance accessing treatment. On August 4th, surgeons will perform hernia repair surgery to treat Saw Eh's hernia and help alleviate his symptoms. BCMF is requesting $1,486 to fund his surgery and care. Saw Eh’s mother shares, “I feel so sad when I see my son in pain. I love to see him playing with his sister, but if he is in pain, he will cry a lot.”

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