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Success! Kabugho from Uganda raised $268 to fund gynecological surgery.

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Kabugho's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2017.

Photo of Kabugho post-operation

February 24, 2017

Kabugho underwent gynecological surgery.

Kabugho’s total abdominal hysterectomy was a success. She is no longer going to live in pain. After recovery, she will be able to continue with her secretarial work.

Kabugho says, “I am feeling better. I am so glad that I have received treatment…I am very appreciative to everyone who has helped me to pay for my treatment. God bless you abundantly.”

Kabugho’s total abdominal hysterectomy was a success. She is no longer going to live in pain. After recovery, she will be able to continue w...

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December 12, 2016

Kabugho is 49 years old, a widow, and a mother to two boys and a girl. Hailing from Uganda, she works as a secretary at a local high school and supports her entire family with the money she earns.

Two years ago, Kabugho began to feel lower abdominal pain and backaches. She tried using painkillers, but the pain did not go away. In 2016, she was admitted to the hospital twice and diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus.

Kabugho continues to feel pain and is unable to bend or sit for long periods of time. “I have used various medications, but the pain has persisted,” Kabugho shares.

Fortunately, Kabugho visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy on December 15. Surgeons will remove her uterus and cervix to alleviate her symptoms. She cannot afford the surgery because of her limited income. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund her care.

After her surgery, Kabugho hopes to continue her work as a high school secretary and begin to trade in used clothing to earn more money for her family.

Kabugho is 49 years old, a widow, and a mother to two boys and a girl. Hailing from Uganda, she works as a secretary at a local high school ...

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Kabugho's Timeline

  • December 12, 2016

    Kabugho was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 15, 2016

    Kabugho received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • January 12, 2017

    Kabugho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2017

    Kabugho's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2017

    Kabugho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $268 for Kabugho's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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