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Katoma is a 52-year-old farmer from Uganda who needs $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

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June 2, 2021

Katoma is a 52-year-old farmer who lives with her two children in their three-room house. Her eldest child is in university while her youngest does not yet attend college due to financial constraints. Katoma has been the sole breadwinner of the family since her husband passed away in 2006.

For two years, Katoma has had an abdominal mass and has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains and backaches. Due to her condition, she has had to completely stop strenuous activities like farming. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $228 to fund Katoma’s surgery. On June 3rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Katoma will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Katoma shared, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”

Katoma is a 52-year-old farmer who lives with her two children in their three-room house. Her eldest child is in university while her younge...

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Katoma's Timeline

  • June 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Katoma received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • June 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Katoma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Katoma's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Katoma is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Katoma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
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 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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