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Lydia is a 75-year-old farmer from Uganda who needs $321 to fund a hysterectomy.

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May 18, 2017

Lydia is a 75-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and takes care of five grandchildren, who are all in school. Her source of income is primarily small-scale farming, growing crops such as cassava, beans, potatoes, and bananas.

Lyida came to our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, with an uncomfortable gynecological condition. She has spent her earnings trying to get help for the last 28 years. For the past year, Lydia’s problem has worsened, causing her difficulty while bending and pain while doing hard labor. Doctors suggested that she undergo a hysterectomy to relieve her of the pain. Unfortunately, Lydia cannot afford this treatment.

During her free time, Lydia loves going to church to worship. She also loves listening to the radio. Lydia looks forward to better health so that she can go back home and care for her family.

“I thank the donors for the support. I pray for the mercies of God unto them. I have had sleepless nights with lots of discomfort. Getting this surgery will be a miracle to me,” Lydia says.

On May 24, Lydia will undergo a hysterectomy. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $321 to fund this procedure. The requested $321 pays for surgical materials, medication, and five nights of hospital stay.

Lydia is a 75-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and takes care of five grandchildren, who are all in school. Her source of income ...

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Lydia's Timeline

  • May 18, 2017

    Lydia was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 24, 2017

    Lydia received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital.

  • June 13, 2017

    Lydia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 24, 2017

    Awaiting Lydia's treatment update from The Kellermann Foundation.


    Lydia is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $321 for Lydia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Fibroids and chronic inflammatory disease can cause protracted bleeding and pain. Bleeding often leads to severe anemia, which can cause chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

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

Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the uterus descends from its normal position. This condition can impair women's urinary and reproductive function. The pain resulting from uterine prolapse makes it difficult for women to work and participate in daily activities. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and make women more susceptible to other illnesses.

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

Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids. Bwindi Community Hospital is in a rural area where most people work in agriculture. It is particularly important that women receive treatment, as their jobs often involve manual labor.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is admitted to the hospital the day before scheduled surgery. Prior to surgery, her case is reviewed by the gynecologist and the anesthetist. The patient learns what to expect during surgery. After surgery, the patient learns about the outcome and is informed if a suspicious mass was removed. She is also counseled about recovery. The patient will stay in the hospital for an average of five days. Recovery for this procedure is relatively slow, lasting one to two months. After recovery, the patient should be energetic and able to return to her usual activities.

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

This treatment improves lives. It allows women disabled by severe anemia, bleeding, and discomfort to return to their lives as usual.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks accompany any surgery. However, this condition is very treatable, and treatment comes with few risks. In the majority of cases, a one-time surgery will resolve the condition completely. Cases of cancer, in which surgery may not completely remove the cancer, are the only exception.

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

The treatment is not easily accessible in the area surrounding Bwindi Community Hospital. The other nearest hospital with surgical facilities is more than a two-hour drive away over rough, dirt roads. Women may walk, travel on motorcycle taxis, or take local buses to the hospital. They can learn about this surgery through village health teams or through other means.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is to live for many years in chronic pain. Uterine prolapse can also lead to other illnesses because the general health of the woman is compromised. Patients may attempt to relieve suffering with local herbs or painkillers. They may spend months or years waiting to receive treatment from free government hospitals.

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