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Success! Kamukama from Uganda raised $284 to fund a curative laparotomy.

Kamukama
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  • $284 raised, $0 to go
$284
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kamukama's treatment was fully funded on March 17, 2021.

Photo of Kamukama post-operation

April 8, 2021

Kamukama underwent a curative laparotomy.

Kamukama had a curative laparotomy surgery to treat a pelvic abscess. She shared that she already feels a lot of improvement after the surgery and believes she will finally live a stable, better and more productive life. She wants to be able to be more helpful to her parents because they have been there for her throughout her trying times at the hospital.

Kamukama says, “May the good Lord continue strengthening the WATSI program so that they may be able to continue helping and saving more lives especially for those of us who cannot access surgery due to financial limitations.”

Kamukama had a curative laparotomy surgery to treat a pelvic abscess. She shared that she already feels a lot of improvement after the surge...

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March 7, 2021

Kamukama is 23-year-old farmer from Uganda. She studied records and information management in university, and has yet to secure employment. Currently, Kamukama lives with her parents practicing subsistence farming. Her father brokers cows, while her mother works on the farm to make ends meet for their family.

In February, Kamukama had a miscarriage at 2 months. Weeks later, she developed persistent abdominal pains and high-grade fevers that were managed with pain medication. However, the pains persisted, and she came to Rushoroza Hospital for review. Scan results were suggestive of pelvic abscess, a life-threatening condition in which infected fluids accumulate either in the fallopian tubes, or other abdominal tissues. Now, Kamukama requires curative laparotomy to reduce complications such as peritonitis and septic shock, which could be fatal. She is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kamukama receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy, a surgery to remove cancerous tissue, on March 8th at our medical partner’s care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Kamukama and her family need your support.

Kamukama shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I am still a youth and have many dreams in life. I hope to find the job of my profession as soon as I recover completely.”

Kamukama is 23-year-old farmer from Uganda. She studied records and information management in university, and has yet to secure employment. ...

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Kamukama's Timeline

  • March 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kamukama 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.

  • March 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kamukama's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kamukama's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kamukama's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $284 for Kamukama's treatment
Hospital Fees
$179
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$46
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The symptoms would vary depending on the condition being treated. Most curative laparotomies are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness. A curative laparotomy could address a range of abdominal conditions, such as an ovarian tumor, stomach cancer, liver cancer, cholecystitis, abscess, and others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

It depends on the nature of the condition, but most curative laparotomies at Watsi's Medical Partner AMH Care Centers are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Dependent on the exact condition. Stomach ulcers, ovarian tumors, and cancer are increasingly becoming common in Africa.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery lasts around three hours with the patient being discharged home after 3 days. They are continuously monitored in the hospital wards.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The procedure is done with the intent of removing the pathology and curing the condition.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Medium surgical risk, overall, the risk of surgery is less than the risk of doing nothing. If the condition is cancer and caught early enough, it is treatable. If the condition is benign, such as cholecystitis, then the laparotomy is curative.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality hospitals with adequate resources and expertise to treat most of the conditions that could be diagnosed by a laparotomy.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For most abdominal tumors there is no alternative to removing them.

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