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

Tushemerirwe
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$219
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Fully funded
Tushemerirwe's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Tushemerirwe post-operation

October 18, 2020

Tushemerirwe underwent a hysterectomy.

Tushemerirwe had a successful hysterectomy treatment to help treat her premalignant cervical lesion. She feels much better now with little pain, but she is improving well. She will be able to live a better life as she will no longer feel pain or have other symptoms like before. She can now continue with her farming.

Tushemerirwe shared, “I really want to say thanks to you for your support to me and my health. I will always pray for you for many blessings. I will still continue with farming.”

Tushemerirwe had a successful hysterectomy treatment to help treat her premalignant cervical lesion. She feels much better now with little p...

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August 17, 2020

Tushemerirwe is a farmer from Uganda. Tushemerirwe is a married mother to five children and all are still studying. She completed primary seven but never proceeded with school due to lack of school fees. She was born to a family of ten children with five boys and five girls, all are married and are small-scale farmers. Her only source of income is from farming where she grows food crops for home consumption and she sells off the surplus to generate an income to the family. Her husband is also a small scale farmer. With their income and expenditure mostly on children s school fees, she can’t afford the cost of her surgery, she appeals for support.

Three years ago, Tushemerirwe began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a 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 Tushemerirwe’s surgery. On August 18, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tushemerirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tushemerirwe says, “I am really glad having heard about this great support program. I hope that once recovered, I will resume with farming.”

Tushemerirwe is a farmer from Uganda. Tushemerirwe is a married mother to five children and all are still studying. She completed primary se...

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Tushemerirwe's Timeline

  • August 17, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tushemerirwe 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 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tushemerirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tushemerirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tushemerirwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Tushemerirwe'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Isaya

Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Despite not going to school, Isaya has been a very hardworking young man who helps his father look after the cattle. Isaya was born healthy and his growth has been normal, until last year when he noticed his right leg was bending inwards. He says the bend was very slight but over time it has increased significantly. Isaya has been walking over a long distance in search of green pasture for his father's cattle. However, due to his leg, Isaya can no longer go out with the cattle. Isaya was diagnosed with right genu valgus, or bowleggedness. His leg is bowed inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is in pain and discomfort after walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Isaya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Isaya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Isaya shared, “I am unable to carry out my daily chores because of my leg. Please help me get this treatment so that I can return home and help my parents.”

31% funded

31%funded
$277raised
$603to go