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Success! EdithMary from Uganda raised $319 to fund a hysterectomy.

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EdithMary's treatment was fully funded on March 24, 2022.

Photo of EdithMary post-operation

April 6, 2022

EdithMary underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

EdithMary underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy to heal her uterine leiomyoma. She had a successful surgery and is now relieved to be in good health. Her husband is also very happy and he thanks the donors for funding her surgery because they could not have afforded it. She hopes to continue teaching after her recovery.

Edithmary shared, “I thank God for giving me the strength to go through with the surgery having turned down the offer a few months ago because I got scared. I thank the donor program for giving me a second chance to benefit and access the surgical service. You have saved my life. Thank you.”

EdithMary underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy to heal her uterine leiomyoma. She had a successful surgery and is now relieved to be in ...

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March 3, 2022

EdithMary is primary school teacher and a married mother of five. She and her husband are teachers and they both have been laid off from work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Their family owns a three-room house for shelter. Three of her children have completed higher-level learning institutions and her youngest recently completed primary school class seven. They have always managed to pay school fees for their children through manageable loans along with the little they earn.

For three years, EdithMary has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains and severe backache so she can no longer bend down comfortably. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund EdithMary’s surgery. On March 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, EdithMary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Edithmary says, “My condition has always affected my performance in class and has always kept on worsening over time. I pray and hope that I may get better again through surgery so that I may continue teaching and live an improved life.”

EdithMary is primary school teacher and a married mother of five. She and her husband are teachers and they both have been laid off from wor...

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EdithMary's Timeline

  • March 3, 2022

    EdithMary was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 4, 2022

    EdithMary received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • March 11, 2022

    EdithMary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 24, 2022

    EdithMary's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 6, 2022

    EdithMary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for EdithMary's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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