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Rukundo is 20-year-old from Uganda who needs $114 to fund an amputation of extra fingers and toes she has had since birth.

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July 15, 2020

Rukundo is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is the fifth born of her parents’ six children. Since birth, Rukundo has had extra fingers and toes and her doctors recommend an amputation.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $119 to fund Rukundo’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. After recovering, Rukundo is most looking forward to wearing shoes well.

Rukundo shared, “With the surgery, I may finally look normal like my friends and be able to participate comfortably in public activities. I will also be able to continue farming and help my family.”

Rukundo is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is the fifth born of her parents’ six children. Since birth, Rukundo has had extra fingers ...

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Rukundo's Timeline

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rukundo was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • July 16, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rukundo received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • July 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rukundo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 07, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Rukundo's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rukundo is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Minor Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $114 for Rukundo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$53
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$19
Labs
$18
Other
$6
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms include: inability/difficulty in walking, severe pain, serious infection, non-healing ulcer. Amputation may be required for a large number of reasons, including trauma with irreversible or life-threatening damage to the limb; infection; snakebite; cancer or tumour; diabetes; damage to the blood vessels.

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

If a person has such a severe condition of the leg, then they will not be able to walk alone, work, study, or support their families. And the condition could be deadly if the amputation is not done.

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

It happens because often conditions that could have been treated earlier were not attended to because of a lack of access to medical services in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Refer to the AMH treatment process document.

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

Life-saving in the presence of infection, dead limb, or cancer. If the leg is useless or painful, then removing it will allow placement of a prosthesis (accounted for in the cost) and an increase in functional status.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Very treatable if caught in time. Amputation is not a very risky surgical procedure. Any other diseases (like HIV or diabetes) will need to be treated at the same time.

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

Access to surgeons who can safely and cleanly perform amputations is not common. Patients will often go to traditional healers or small dispensaries receiving ineffective treatments before arriving at an equipped hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If there is an infection or cancer, medicines (or radiation for cancer) may halt the disease. But usually by the time the patient has been referred to the surgeon it is too late.

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Htay is a 26-year-old-Araknese woman who lives with her younger sister in Yangon, Burma. Htay is in her final year of university. Her sister works as a seamstress in a shop and earns 200,000 kyat (approx.200 USD) per month. Their parents and their eldest sister are rice farmers in Rakhine State. Every year, they sell half of their harvest to earn an income. Htay's sister in Yangon sends their parents money occasionally, while their parents support Htay's medical expenses. The income that Htay's sister earns is enough to cover their daily expenses and pay for basic health care. In 2018, Htay started to feel very tired and could not sleep well at night. She also experienced chest pains if she walked anywhere far. She took traditional medicine which helped her feel and sleep better. However, she continued to feel tired and experience pain. One day in 2019, a neighbor who has a heart condition, told her that she could have a heart disease like her; the neighbor had also experienced the same symptoms as Htay. The neighbor advised her to seek treatment at Pinlon Hospital in Yangon, where the neighbor had undergone heart surgery. Htay decided to follow the neighbor's recommendation and also moved in with her sister in Yangon for extra support. In December 2019, Htay went to Pinlon Hospital to see a cardiologist. After receiving an echocardiogram (echo), the doctor told her that two valves in her heart no longer work and that she would need to receive surgery to replace those valves. The doctor also told her that because her condition is not severe, she did not need surgery yet. She received six month's worth of medication and a follow-up appointment for June 17th, 2020. When Htay came back for her appointment, she received another echo and an x-ray. After checking her results, the doctor told her that her condition had progressed and she now needed surgery, which would cost 15,000,000 kyat (approx.15,000 USD). When they learned about the price of the procedure, Htay and her sister lost hope of ever getting Htay treatment; they could not afford to pay such a large sum of money. When Htay told a nurse at the hospital called Sandar Ko about their financial situation, the nurse told her about an abbot who might be able to help her. The abbot heads Kyaung Gyi Parahita Monastery and is a partner of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Htay called the abbot and asked for help accessing surgery. The abbot then referred Htay to Watsi's Medical Partner BCMF for assistance receiving treatment at Pinlon Hospital. Currently, Htay feels tired and suffers from chest pains when she walks a lot. She cannot sleep very well at night and she feels short of breath at least twice a week. To try and cope with her symptoms mentally, she prays or recites Dhamma. She also tries to help her sister with household chore such as cooking and sweeping. She hopes that she will be able to continue her studies after surgery and she would like to work for the government as a civil servant once she graduates. Htay shared, “When I graduate, I will work and support my parents because they are getting old and they will not be able to work on the farm in the future.”

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