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Success! Annet from Uganda raised $219 to fund hysterectomy surgery so she can return to her daily activities.

Annet
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Annet's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Annet post-operation

December 22, 2021

Annet underwent hysterectomy surgery so she can return to her daily activities.

Annet had a successful surgery to treat her fibroids. This surgery reduces the abdominal pain that she’s had and she’s feeling hopeful to lead a more healthy life. She’s grateful for the surgery support!

Annet said, “I had given up on getting treatment but thanks to the donors, I have finally been treated. May God bless you.”

Annet had a successful surgery to treat her fibroids. This surgery reduces the abdominal pain that she's had and she's feeling hopeful to le...

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November 4, 2021

Annet is a 46-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and has one child. Her husband lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has also ventured into farming as a result so they can take care of their small family.

For a year now, Annet has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backache, and bleeding. She was unable to visit a doctor previously due to limited financial resources but recently visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). After examination, Annet was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and will need to undergo a hysterectomy surgery.

On November 4th, Annet will undergo surgery at AMH’s care center. After recovery, she will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to help fund Annet’s surgery.

Annet shared, “I will be grateful when I receive the surgery. May God bless you for your kindness.”

Annet is a 46-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and has one child. Her husband lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has a...

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Annet's Timeline

  • November 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Annet 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.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Annet's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Annet'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 Annet'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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