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Success! Grace from Uganda raised $215 to fund gynecological surgery.

Grace
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  • $215 raised, $0 to go
$215
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Grace post-operation

November 14, 2017

Grace underwent gynecological surgery.

After treatment, Grace feels very happy, and she looks forward to resuming farming to support her family. She also hopes to visit relatives and friends after recovering from surgery.

She says, “I am joyful for having my injury repaired, which had troubled me for years and I pray God to bless donors who made it possible for my injury to be repaired.”

After treatment, Grace feels very happy, and she looks forward to resuming farming to support her family. She also hopes to visit relatives ...

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October 28, 2017

Meet 40-year-old Grace from Uganda. Grace and her husband are parents to eight children. The income they receive from growing millet, beans, cotton, and maize supports their family and their children’s education. Grace is also a member of a local savings group.

Grace traveled for 36 hours to seek medical treatment from a care center affiliated with our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Grace developed a perineal tear during the birth of one of her children over 20 years ago. This has caused incontinence, which greatly impacts Grace’s day-to-day activities.

Doctors have recommended that she have a perineorrhaphy to repair the tear and relieve her of her symptoms. Grace’s surgery will take place on November 1 and cost $215.

She is looking forward to being healthy again and going back to work. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through Watsi,” says Grace.

Meet 40-year-old Grace from Uganda. Grace and her husband are parents to eight children. The income they receive from growing millet, beans,...

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Grace's Timeline

  • October 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • November 1, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace 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 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Perineal Tear
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $215 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$68
Medical Staff
$17
Medication
$34
Supplies
$67
Labs
$29
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Severe perineal tears can cause significant bleeding and chronic pain. This condition can impair a woman's urinary and reproductive function.

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

Daily activities can be restricted. Women with poorly healed perineal tears live with pain and discomfort.

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

Perineal tears are more common in young and/or first-time mothers, or in pregnancies involving multiple births, large babies, or assisted deliveries. Young mothers are common in rural Uganda. Mothers who experienced malnutrition as children may have reduced pelvis size, making delivery difficult. Additionally, deliveries that occur in lower-level health facilities, rather than hospitals, have a higher likelihood of unrepaired perineal tears. Women may not seek surgery if they do not know that the condition can be treated. Those who are aware of the possibility of treatment may not seek surgery because they cannot afford it.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After arriving at the hospital, the patient will meet with a clinical officer and surgery will be scheduled. Next, a gynecologist will examine the patient to confirm the diagnosis. He or she will order relevant tests, counsel the patient on what to expect from the surgery and recovery, and obtain consent. The patient will also see an anesthetist, who will determine appropriate anesthesia for the patient and plan for surgery. Surgery will take place on the second day. After surgery, the patient’s vitals will be monitored every thirty minutes until stable. After six hours, the surgeon will conduct a postoperative review. The patient will recover for three days in the hospital, where she will receive counseling on recovery. After three days, she will be discharged. The patient will return to the hospital for a two-week review and a six-week review. If there are no postoperative complications, the case will be closed.

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

This surgery improves lives. Women are relieved from symptoms that have caused them chronic pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include infected or torn stitches. Maintaining cleanliness, which can be difficult in rural Uganda, is extremely important for proper healing.

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

Repairs for perineal tears are only available in hospitals. Patients arrive at Bwindi Community Hospital via walking, motorcycle taxis, and public transportation. The other nearest hospital is over two hours away on rough, dirt roads. Patients learn about the treatment when they visit the hospital for routine appointments or during outreach clinics.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment. However, women may attempt to treat themselves with herbs, painkillers, and other methods before receiving curative surgery.

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