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Resta from Uganda raised $319 to fund a hysterectomy.

Resta
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  • $319 raised, $0 to go
$319
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Resta's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2021.
November 30, 2021

Resta did not yet undergo a hysterectomy.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that Resta has not yet returned for her surgery. They are working to reach her to reschedule and make a new treatment plan, but have asked that we support another patient in need right now. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that Resta has not yet returned for her surgery. They are working to reach her to reschedu...

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September 3, 2021

Resta is a small-scale farmer and a 43-year-old mother of four. She lost her husband, with whom she farmed, last year. Resta’s oldest child is in her late twenties and completed a university diploma while her youngest is 20 years old and in secondary class six.

Since July 2020, Resta has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains and backaches that have persisted to date and are accompanied by difficulty in passing urine. She has had to completely stop farming due to her pain and Resta has been diagnosed with Uterine Leiomyomas. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, this could stop her from carrying out her daily duties of providing for her family due to severe pain. Her family, however, cannot afford the surgery charges and are asking for help.

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

Resta says, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. When I am pain free, I will continue with farming and be able to take care of myself and my family again.”

Resta is a small-scale farmer and a 43-year-old mother of four. She lost her husband, with whom she farmed, last year. Resta's oldest child ...

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Resta's Timeline

  • September 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 4, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Resta was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Resta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Resta is no longer raising funds.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Resta's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Resta's treatment
Hospital Fees
$218
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$14
Supplies
$53
Labs
$6
Other
$16
  • 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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