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Success! Tumusimire from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $228 raised, $0 to go
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Tumusimire's treatment was fully funded on October 16, 2021.

Photo of Tumusimire post-operation

August 8, 2021

Tumusimire underwent a hysterectomy.

Tumusimire’s abdominal hysterectomy surgery was successful! She has returned home and is looking forward to a full recovery and healthy, productive future.

Tumusimire says, “I thank God for the existence of Rushoroza Hospital and this program; may you all live longer. You have touched my life positively and I will never forget. I hope to resume farming as soon as I get better.”

Tumusimire's abdominal hysterectomy surgery was successful! She has returned home and is looking forward to a full recovery and healthy, pro...

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July 9, 2021

Tumusimire is a 54-year-old small scale farmer and a married mother to seven children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and together, they own a three-room house. Their oldest child is 35 years old, while their youngest is 20 years old and completing secondary school. She shared that it has been challenging to raise money for school fees for their children, but they have done their best to educate them.

For two years, Tumusimire has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. Recently, the pain has affected her work. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and surgery was recommended by her doctor.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tumusimire receive treatment. On July 10th, she will undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Once recovered, she will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, she needs $228 to fund the procedure.

Tumusimire shared, “I hope to feel better with less pain after surgery as I look forward to keeping my farming going to be able to sustain my family.”

Tumusimire is a 54-year-old small scale farmer and a married mother to seven children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and together...

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Tumusimire's Timeline

  • July 9, 2021

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

  • July 10, 2021

    Tumusimire 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.

  • July 14, 2021

    Tumusimire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021

    Tumusimire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 16, 2021

    Tumusimire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Tumusimire's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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