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Success! Sarafina from Uganda raised $319 for a hysterectomy.

Sarafina
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  • $319 raised, $0 to go
$319
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sarafina's treatment was fully funded on November 15, 2021.

Photo of Sarafina post-operation

November 22, 2021

Sarafina underwent a hysterectomy.

Sarafina’s total abdominal hysterectomy surgery was a success, and she has returned home in good health! Sarafina looks forward to returning to her farming and living a more productive life after being relieved of her uterine leiomyoma. Her husband shared that they greatly appreciate the support from their donors because they could not afford the surgery.

Sarafina says, “My family and I are so grateful to the donors and Rushoroza hospital for funding my surgery which was unaffordable to us. My condition demanded regular visits to the hospital, and I now believe it will no longer be the case. Thanks for saving my life.”

Sarafina’s total abdominal hysterectomy surgery was a success, and she has returned home in good health! Sarafina looks forward to returning...

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September 3, 2021

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs.

For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina’s surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first...

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Sarafina's Timeline

  • September 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarafina 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.

  • September 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarafina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarafina's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarafina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Sarafina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$14
Supplies
$53
Labs
$6
Other
$16
  • 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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