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Success! Tumwebaze from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Tumwebaze
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
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$0
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Fully funded
Tumwebaze's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2021.

Photo of Tumwebaze post-operation

June 21, 2021

Tumwebaze underwent a life-changing surgery and is feel well.

Tumwebaze underwent a successful surgery to treat her uterine fibroids and ovarian cyst. Her pain decreased significantly and she hopes to continue with working on her farms for a living.

Tumwebaze says, “I appreciate your support towards this treatment. It’s because of your efforts that am still breathing and as I feel better, I will resume farming for a living as usual.”

Tumwebaze underwent a successful surgery to treat her uterine fibroids and ovarian cyst. Her pain decreased significantly and she hopes to c...

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May 17, 2021

Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old farmer and a married mother of four. She and her husband tend to the farm and their farm produce is often not sufficient to meet their daily needs and medical costs.

For four years, Tumwebaze has experienced lower abdominal pain, bleeding and backaches. As a farmer, she finds it difficult to lift heavy loads. When she visited our medical partner’s care center, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove the uterus, to treat the condition. Successful surgery will reduce the chances of anemia and she will regain her health.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Tumwebaze’s surgery. On May 18th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Once recovered, Tumwebaze will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tumwebaze shared, “I hope that when am operated on, I will get healed and be able to live a normal life once again.”

Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old farmer and a married mother of four. She and her husband tend to the farm and their farm produce is often not suf...

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Tumwebaze's Timeline

  • May 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumwebaze's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumwebaze 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.

  • May 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumwebaze's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumwebaze's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Tumwebaze'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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88% funded

88%funded
$777raised
$103to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Dora

Dora is a teenager studying in class six and her best subjects are English and Swahili. Once she completes her studies, Dora has dreams to become a teacher. At home, she is the seventh oldest of her mother's eleven children. Dora's father has three wives, so Dora has twenty siblings total. Dora likes helping her mother with home chores, such as washing dishes and keeping their home clean. Dora's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetable, and they also have a few cattle that they depend on for milk. Dora was diagnosed with left genu valgus, a condition typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, her left leg is bowed so that her knees touch, thus making walking difficult. Dora has to walk forty minutes one way to and from school everyday, so this condition poses a significant barrier to Dora continuing her education and pursuing her aspirations. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dora. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dora's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Dora shares her current condition, "When I walk to school my leg pains so much there are days I am unable to put weight on the leg especially when it’s cold. Please help me."

88% funded

88%funded
$777raised
$103to go