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Charity from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Charity
100%
  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Charity's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2021.
April 5, 2022

Charity has not yet undergone her treatment.

After a series of family-related challenges, Charity was not able to undergo her planned hysterectomy. Our medical partner’s care facility staff were not able to confirm a rescheduled procedure, after several attempts to contact her. They have asked that Watsi support another patient in need. Thank you for your understanding and support.

After a series of family-related challenges, Charity was not able to undergo her planned hysterectomy. Our medical partner's care facility s...

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August 10, 2021

Charity is a 44-year-old farmer and a mother to four children, who are all in different grades in school. Charity is a local village counselor and she enjoys spending time with her family. She tends to about 10 local chickens and also does small scale farming to make ends meet. Her husband works at a retail shop to provide for the family as well.

For three months, Charity has been experiencing bleeding, lower abdominal and back pain, and abdominal distension. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and a hysterectomy was recommended to help her fully heal. Successful surgery will reduce the chances of further complications like severe anemia.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Charity’s surgery. On August 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Charity will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Charity shared, “I hope that I can get some relief from this pain after surgery and will continue rearing my chickens to provide for my family.”

Charity is a 44-year-old farmer and a mother to four children, who are all in different grades in school. Charity is a local village counsel...

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Charity's Timeline

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Charity's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Charity was scheduled to receive 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.

  • April 5, 2022
    FUNDING ENDED

    Charity is no longer raising funds.

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Charity's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Charity'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.