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Success! Jovaito from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy to remove a painful abdominal tumor.

Jovaito
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jovaito's treatment was fully funded on October 26, 2022.

Photo of Jovaito post-operation

November 11, 2022

Jovaito underwent a hysterectomy to remove a painful abdominal tumor.

Our medical partner shared that Jovaito had a successful surgery at Nyakibale Hospital. She is so glad to be relieved of the previous intense symptoms. Jovaito was discharged to head back home from the hospital feeling in good health and hopes to fully recover and resume her day to day work.

Jovaito says: “It was quite hard for me to have my condition treated on my own due to my situation but I am so lucky that the donors came in and supported me in this surgery. I am now able to resume to my work for a living for my family.”

Our medical partner shared that Jovaito had a successful surgery at Nyakibale Hospital. She is so glad to be relieved of the previous intens...

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May 11, 2022

Jovaito is a joyful woman and a wonderful mother to her four children, all of whom are in school. She is in her late forties and relies on farming to make ends meet. Her husband is a laborer who also takes up farming jobs on people’s farms to make a living. Together, their income is limited, which makes paying school fees and meeting health needs difficult.

For eight months, Jovaito has been experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to remove her tumor and relieve her of her pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Jovaito’s surgery. On May 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Once recovered, Jovaito will be able to resume her daily activities and take care of her family pain free.

Jovaito says, “I never got a chance to study but I have worked so hard to see that my children acquire so much education. I hope to continue with farming to push them farther once given a chance to undergo my surgery successfully.”

Jovaito is a joyful woman and a wonderful mother to her four children, all of whom are in school. She is in her late forties and relies on f...

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Jovaito's Timeline

  • May 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jovaito 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 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jovaito's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jovaito's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jovaito's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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