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Success! Owomutima from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Owomutima
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Owomutima's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2020.

Photo of Owomutima post-operation

August 4, 2020

Owomutima underwent a hysterectomy.

Owomutiima underwent a hysterectomy to remove a uterine mass. She is no longer experiencing pain or discomfort and will no longer have heavy menses.

Owomutiima says, “I do appreciate you for having supported my surgery. It is hard to believe that I am free of this condition. Thanks for really putting a smile on my face.”

Owomutiima underwent a hysterectomy to remove a uterine mass. She is no longer experiencing pain or discomfort and will no longer have heavy...

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July 13, 2020

Owomutima is a 45-year-old tailor from Uganda. She is a single mother to one child who is in high school. She earns a living from her tailoring workshop but since it is located deep in the village, she at times has to carry out cultivation since she doesn’t earn all she needs from her tailoring work. She separated with her husband three years ago and lives with her parents who are small-scale farmers.

For some time now, Owomutima has been experiencing heavy uterine breeding and severe backaches. She has been diagnosed with a large uterine mass. 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 Owomutima’s surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Owomutima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Owomutima says: “I will pray to God to bless you for supporting me. I expect to continue with tailoring after my surgery.”

Owomutima is a 45-year-old tailor from Uganda. She is a single mother to one child who is in high school. She earns a living from her tailor...

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Owomutima's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Owomutima's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Owomutima received 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.

  • August 04, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Owomutima's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Owomutima's treatment was fully funded.

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