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Tusiime from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Tusiime
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tusiime's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2021.
February 3, 2021

Tusiime did not undergo her surgery.

Our medical partner shared an update that Tusiime has decided to postpone her surgery. They have been in close touch with her over recent months to support her treatment, but she has decided that she is scared to go forward at this time with the procedure. Our partner has asked that we support another patient in need right now and if Tusiime needs help in the future, then we hope to support her surgery at that time.

Our medical partner shared an update that Tusiime has decided to postpone her surgery. They have been in close touch with her over recent mo...

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July 13, 2020

Tusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with nine children. Her youngest is a boy who is in second grade and the rest are girls. Three are married and are small-scale farmers while the other four are still in school. Tusiime earns a living from small-scale farming where she grows food crops to feed her family and sells off the surplus to generate additional income. Her husband is a local brewer and provides for his family with the income he makes from selling an alcohol called ‘waragi.’

For some time now, Tusiime has been experiencing severe backache and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed a with pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tusiime’s surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tusiime will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tusiime shared, “I expect to have good health and new life after my surgery to continue with farming after recovering.”

Tusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with nine children. Her youngest is a boy who is in second grade and the rest are g...

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Tusiime's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tusiime was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • July 14, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Tusiime was scheduled to receive treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • July 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tusiime's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 3, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Tusiime is no longer raising funds.

  • February 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tusiime's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

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Funded by 5 donors

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Tusiime'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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