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Success! Tuhwerirwe from Uganda raised $208 to fund cervical surgery.

Tuhwerirwe
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tuhwerirwe's treatment was fully funded on September 19, 2020.

Photo of Tuhwerirwe post-operation

June 22, 2020

Tuhwerirwe underwent cervical surgery.

Tuhwerirwe’s surgery was successful! Her doctors performed a total abdominal hysterectomy due to premalignant cervical lesions and a tubo-ovarian mass. She feels relieved that she will not experience anymore bleeding and pain. After fully recovering, she will have a better quality of life and be able to enjoy time with her four children and husband.

Tuhwerirwe says, “I have really appreciated every service provided to me through your support. I have been cared for well during my hospital stay and I pray that God rewards you abundantly. I look forward to running my retail shop again.”

Tuhwerirwe's surgery was successful! Her doctors performed a total abdominal hysterectomy due to premalignant cervical lesions and a tubo-ov...

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April 20, 2020

Tuhwerirwe is a business lady from Uganda. She is a married mother to four children who are studying in both primary and secondary levels. She earns a living through operating a small retail shop selling second-hand shoes while her husband works on construction sites. She lives in a one roomed rental house in town, together with her children and husband. With her children school fee expenditure and high costs of living in urban compared to their low in come, it has been hard for her family to make ends meet.

Since two years ago, Tuhwerirwe has been experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with pre-malignant cervical lesions. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Tuhwerirwe’s surgery. On April 21st, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tuhwerirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Tuhwerirwe says, “I hope to be treated of this condition and the risk of cancer will be eliminated.”

Tuhwerirwe is a business lady from Uganda. She is a married mother to four children who are studying in both primary and secondary levels. S...

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Tuhwerirwe's Timeline

  • April 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tuhwerirwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tuhwerirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tuhwerirwe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • June 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tuhwerirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tuhwerirwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Tuhwerirwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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