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Success! Kyarimpa from Uganda raised $319 to undergo a hysterectomy.

Kyarimpa
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$319
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$0
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Fully funded
Kyarimpa's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2021.

Photo of Kyarimpa post-operation

September 29, 2021

Kyarimpa underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

Gloria underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple uterine fibroids. She had a successful surgery and is back to being in good health. Gloria is hopeful that she’ll finally resume farming comfortably and will be able to live a more productive life having been relieved of her worrying condition.

Gloria shared, “My family and I are grateful to the donors and Rushoroza hospital for funding my surgery which was unaffordable to us especially during these tricky and hard days of COVID-19. My condition was worsening and I had no way out. Thanks for saving my life.”

Gloria underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy due to multiple uterine fibroids. She had a successful surgery and is back to being in good ...

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August 6, 2021

Kyarimpa is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of two from Uganda. Kyarimpa currently takes care of her two children and her 103-year-old mother.

Two years ago, Kyarimpa began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She is experiencing pain that is preventing her from working and taking care of her mother and her children. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, to ensure she doesn’t experience any other future complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $319 to fund Kyarimpa’s surgery. When the surgery is completed, Kyarimpa will be able to resume her day-to-day responsibilities free of pain.

Kyarimpa shares, “I have stopped farming completely because I am in severe pain. My family solely survives on farming. I pray that I may be considered for treatment to be able to continue with farming and take care of my family.”

Kyarimpa is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of two from Uganda. Kyarimpa currently takes care of her two children and her 103-year-old mothe...

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Kyarimpa's Timeline

  • August 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kyarimpa was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyarimpa 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.

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyarimpa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyarimpa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyarimpa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Kyarimpa'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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Darensky

Darensky is a 10-year-old student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and grandparents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the third grade and likes building things and making crafts. Darensky has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus and tracheal ring. Two holes exists between two major blood vessels near his heart; blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs, leaving him weak and oxygen-deprived. The treatment that Darensky needs is not available in Haiti, so he will fly to United States to undergo surgery. Many years ago he had one hole closed so this is the second surgery he needs, and his family has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Fortunately, on March 10th, Darensky will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the remaining hole that leaks blood between his two main blood vessels at the same time. During the surgery, he will also have a muscular blockage removed from his trachea that affects his ability to breathe. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $12,000 to help pay for surgery. Darensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Darensky's family overseas. HIs mother told us: "I am very happy to know that after this surgery my son will finally be able to run and play normally!"

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$1,112raised
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