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Success! Rachael from Uganda raised $307 to fund abdominal surgery.

Rachael
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  • $307 raised, $0 to go
$307
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rachael's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Rachael post-operation

August 18, 2017

Rachael underwent abdominal surgery.

Rachel’s surgery was successful, and she is healing well. She is able to attend school full time without pain. Having such complicated surgery was difficult, but she liked being able to talk to the nurses and learn what they do. She would like to be a nurse one day.

“Seeing our daughter smiling and out of pain is such a blessing,” says Racheal’s mother, Molly. “The donors’ generosity means so much to people who are needy. It inspires us to help others as much as we can, too.”

Rachel's surgery was successful, and she is healing well. She is able to attend school full time without pain. Having such complicated surge...

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June 9, 2017

Rachael is a 13-year-old young girl from Uganda. She is in her final year of primary education. Rachael has a pelvic cystic mass that has been very painful for the last eight months. Because of the pain, she misses some days at school. When she is feeling better, Rachael likes playing netball and skipping rope with her friends.

On June 10, Rachael will undergo surgery to remove the mass. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, requests $307 to help cover the expenses of the treatment.

After Racheal recovers from her surgery, she hopes to go back and continue with her studies. She dreams of one day being a nurse.

Rachael’s mother says, “I thank the donors for the support. We have no way we could raise the money to pay for this surgery. You are very kind that you have helped people you have never met.”

Rachael is a 13-year-old young girl from Uganda. She is in her final year of primary education. Rachael has a pelvic cystic mass that has be...

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Rachael's Timeline

  • June 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rachael was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rachael received treatment at Bwindi Community 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.

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rachael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rachael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rachael's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Laparotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Rachael's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$34
Medication
$29
Supplies
$87
Labs
$42
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A laparotomy is a surgical procedure in which surgeons create a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity. A laparotomy is often performed to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain. It may be performed to remove cancer of the intestines, repair bowels and remove blockages, or to remove ovarian cysts.

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

Any of the conditions that would warrant a laparotomy can be life-threatening. A blocked bowel can cause tissue death, as blood supply may be cut off to all or part of the intestine. An ovarian cyst can cause extreme pain and can rupture, spreading infection. Rupture of an ovarian cyst can also produce severe pain and internal bleeding.

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

This surgery has no cultural significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A patient will present at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. A medical officer will examine the patient and determine the location and possibly the cause of the patient's distress. After examination, the medical officer and the surgeon will determine a plan of action. If a laparotomy is needed, the patient will be admitted to the hospital, and relevant tests will be undertaken. Surgery will be scheduled, usually within one or two days. Prior to surgery, the patient will be counseled by the surgeon on possible outcomes and what to expect. The morning of surgery, the patient will be seen by the anesthetist to determine the appropriate anesthesia. After surgery, the patient will recover in post-op for approximately thirty minutes. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, the patient will be hospitalized for approximately five days with daily reviews by the medical officer.

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

A laparotomy is undertaken when physicians and surgeons determine that a patient's diagnosis is serious enough to warrant open abdominal surgery. This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Laparotomy is a major surgery, and any complicated surgery has risks and possible side effects. Severe bleeding may occur from large blood vessels, although this is not common. Infection in the operation site, pelvis, or urinary tract may occur. Treatment may include wound dressings and antibiotics.

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

The nearest alternate hospital with a qualified surgeon is over two hours away on rough dirt roads.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). However, laparoscopy is not available in rural Uganda, necessitating more extensive open abdominal laparotomy.

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