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Komugisha is a woman from Uganda who needs $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

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October 13, 2020

Komugisha is a 46-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Her oldest is 21 years old and her youngest is 14 years old and in secondary school.

Komugisha is a second wife to her husband who is a casual laborer at national teachers’ college in Uganda. She shared that he offers minimal support to her and their children so Komugisha stays with her parents.

In 2006, Komugisha had a c-section delivery for her last born and said that she has been in pain and had challenges since that time. Due to severe pain, she has stopped her usual duties of managing her small bar and hotel and currently stays home feeling helpless, she says.

She came to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, Komugisha presented with a long-standing history of lower abdominal pains and reports to have several treatments with no improvement. If not treated, severe lower abdominal pains will continue to affect her quality of life negatively.

She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Komugisha’s surgery. On October 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Komugisha says, “I pray that I may get the required treatment soon because I am in severe pain; I can no longer carry out my survival duties normally. Given the opportunity, I will resume my small hotel and bar as soon as possible.”

Komugisha is a 46-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Her oldest is 21 years old and her youngest is 14 years old and in secondary school. ...

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Komugisha's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Komugisha was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Komugisha was scheduled to receive treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Komugisha is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Komugisha's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Komugisha'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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