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Success! Karungi from Uganda raised $219 to fund a life-changing hysterectomy.

Karungi
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Karungi's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2021.

Photo of Karungi post-operation

August 25, 2021

Karungi underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

Karungi’s procedure was a success! She underwent a successful hysterectomy to treat multiple uterine myomas and she no longer experiences lower abdominal pain, discomfort and vaginal bleeding. She is also no longer at risk of the myomas becoming cancerous. She hopes to completely recover from surgery within a few days and to resume teaching once she is fully recovered.

Karungi shared, “I genuinely thank my donors from the bottom of my heart, seeing that they brought a smile on my face again. May God reward you abundantly.”

Karungi's procedure was a success! She underwent a successful hysterectomy to treat multiple uterine myomas and she no longer experiences lo...

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July 12, 2021

Karungi is a local primary school teacher and a mother of three daughters, with her eldest daughter being a university student. Karungi’s husband operates a bodaboda business (bike and motorcycle taxis), but with the current lockdown in Uganda, the business has been negative impacted. Therefore, their family has limited income to support their children’s education, daily upkeep, and hospital costs.

For about 20 years, Karungi has been experiencing lower abdominal pains, backaches, bleeding, and weight loss. She had been to different hospitals and were treated for a urinary tract infection. She tried managing the pain with medication but as the discomfort failed to subside, Karungi sought treatment at our medical partner’s care center, Nyakibale Hospital. She was diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas. Karungi had a scan done and surgery was recommended to prevent her condition from becoming malignant.

Karungi needs to undergo is a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Karungi’s surgery. On July 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Karungi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Karungi shares her worries, “Since we are on lockdown, we are not earning thus getting money for treatment is hard. I hope to be supported, treated and resume my usual duties with little pain and less worry.”

Karungi is a local primary school teacher and a mother of three daughters, with her eldest daughter being a university student. Karungi's hu...

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Karungi's Timeline

  • July 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karungi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karungi received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Karungi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karungi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Karungi'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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