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Success! Florence from Uganda raised $1,260 to fund a hysterectomy.

Florence
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  • $1,260 raised, $0 to go
$1,260
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Florence's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2021.

Photo of Florence post-operation

September 27, 2021

Florence underwent a hysterectomy.

Florence required an urgent hysterectomy to heal her condition and successfully underwent her procedure with financial support from the Watsi community. Her doctors were happy that the her treatment all went as planned and she is recovering well.

Florence says, “I have been sickly and in pain for a long time, and I am hopeful that my stomach aches will be gone for good now.”

Florence required an urgent hysterectomy to heal her condition and successfully underwent her procedure with financial support from the Wats...

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August 16, 2021

Florence is a 38-year-old house helper from Uganda and a single mother to two children, ages eight and nine years old. She works as a house helper and their family lives in a one-room house.

For eight years, since her pregnancy with her youngest child, Florence has had a mass in her pelvic area. She experiences chronic pelvic pain and bloating and was diagnosed with multiple myomas and an ovarian cyst. Her medical team recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, to treat her condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,260 to fund Florence’s surgery. On August 16th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Florence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Florence shared, “I am overwhelmed with both sickness and family responsibility. I have been having this stomach upset for so long I am even worried. I need this treatment to be able to raise my young family.”

Florence is a 38-year-old house helper from Uganda and a single mother to two children, ages eight and nine years old. She works as a house ...

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Florence's Timeline

  • August 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Florence's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Florence received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • September 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Florence's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Florence's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,260 for Florence's treatment
Hospital Fees
$856
Medical Staff
$39
Medication
$44
Supplies
$209
Labs
$52
Other
$60
  • 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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