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

Kakuru
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kakuru's treatment was fully funded on July 14, 2021.

Photo of Kakuru post-operation

June 17, 2021

Kakuru underwent a hysterectomy.

Kakuru underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy, which treated her uterine fibroids and cervical polyp. This greatly reduced her risk of developing anaemia and associated complications. With full recovery, she can resume her work with energy and confidence. She’s relieved to have less abdominal and back pain.

Kakuru and her husband shared with us, “May God bless you for the support given to us, and relieving me from the burden of pain I have been having all along.”

Kakuru underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy, which treated her uterine fibroids and cervical polyp. This greatly reduced her risk of dev...

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April 22, 2021

Kakuru is a 55-year-old woman who along with her husband adopted two children who are now 10 and 6 years old. Their family relies on her husband’s carpentry work to provide for their daily needs.

For the past two years, Kakuru has had lower abdominal pain and bleeding, symptoms which have affected her daily life. She is not able to do strenuous work due to associated back pain. Kakuru came to Nyakibale Hospital after she heard about their surgery program. Upon undergoing medical review, Kakuru was diagnosed with multiple myomas and cervical polyps that require a hysterectomy. During this procedure, surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she would be at high risk of complications including anaemia.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kakuru’s surgery. On April 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kakuru will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kakuru shared, “I hope that if I am able to undergo operation with your support, my life will get back to normal and I will be able to continue raising our children.”

Kakuru is a 55-year-old woman who along with her husband adopted two children who are now 10 and 6 years old. Their family relies on her hus...

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Kakuru's Timeline

  • April 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakuru 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.

  • April 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakuru's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakuru's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakuru's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Kakuru'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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