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Success! Jacinta from Uganda raised $547 to fund repair surgery.

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Jacinta's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2016.

Photo of Jacinta post-operation

January 24, 2017

Jacinta underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Jacinta’s fistula was repaired. After three weeks in the hospital with physical therapy, Jacinta was no longer experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Her husband, Stephen, is very grateful for the support and care they received. Jacinta is looking forward to working together with her husband and raising the family.

“I thank God for the miracle He has done to restore my health,” says Jacinta.

Jacinta's fistula was repaired. After three weeks in the hospital with physical therapy, Jacinta was no longer experiencing uncomfortable sy...

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October 24, 2016

Jacinta is a mother of six from Uganda. She and her husband, Stephen, are subsistence farmers. She also weaves mats and ropes, while Stephen makes bricks. They use their income to send their children to school. In her free time, Jacinta enjoys going to church, sweeping around her homestead, and working in her kitchen garden.

Jacinta has had an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area for six months. This condition has prevented her from joining social gatherings or going to the market. On October 25, she underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital.

“When I am repaired, this will be a miracle,” says Jacinta. “I wish to first thank the donors that will support my care.”

Jacinta is a mother of six from Uganda. She and her husband, Stephen, are subsistence farmers. She also weaves mats and ropes, while Stephen...

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Jacinta's Timeline

  • October 24, 2016

    Jacinta was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • October 25, 2016

    Jacinta received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • November 16, 2016

    Jacinta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2016

    Jacinta's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017

    Jacinta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $547 for Jacinta's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Women with a vesicovaginal fistula experience urinary dysfunction. They may also experience infection and soreness. Women with a rectovaginal fistula experience excretory dysfunction. They may also experience recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections, irritation, pain, and sexual difficulty.

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

This condition often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty. Fistula survivors are some of the most marginalized women in the world. They tend to live in extreme poverty in remote areas without the basic emergency care needed to treat an obstructed labor.

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

The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey estimated that there are between 140,000 to 200,000 women living with a fistula in Uganda. Despite the large number of women with fistulas, social stigma often makes it difficult to identify them. Additionally, women who do not understand the causes of fistula or the possibility of repair may not seek treatment. Others may avoid health facilities altogether. Radio announcements, village health teams, and community leaders can help women come forward.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After the patient arrives at the hospital, she will be admitted by the outpatient department. A clinical officer will review the patient’s file and refer her to a gynecologist for examination. The gynecologist will take the patient's history, examine the patient to determine the extent of the injury and damage, and order relevant tests. He or she will counsel the patient about the surgery and recovery. Surgery will be scheduled. On the day prior to surgery, the patient will be admitted to the hospital. Consent for surgery will be obtained. The patient will be taken to the theater at her scheduled time, and surgery will be performed. After surgery, the patient will be monitored every 30 minutes for four hours. She will stay in the hospital for approximately two weeks. She will receive counseling about the outcome of the surgery and what to expect from recovery.

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

Undergoing a fistula repair surgery can completely change a woman’s life. She will rejoin her community and family and begin planning for her future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Sometimes, fistula surgeries are not successful. More complicated fistulas may require multiple attempts to repair. Other postoperative complications include hemorrhage, infection, anuria, wound breakdown, residual incontinence, hematometra, and urethral and vaginal strictures.

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

There are approximately 18-20 medical facilities that can perform fistula surgery in Uganda. The nearest alternative to Bwindi Community Hospital is over a two-hour drive away on mountainous, dirt roads. Patients typically arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital by foot or motorcycle taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no treatment alternatives.

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