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Success! Kyakuhire from Uganda raised $230 to fund treatment for intrauterine fibroids.

Kyakuhire
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kyakuhire's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2020.

Photo of Kyakuhire post-operation

July 10, 2020

Kyakuhire underwent treatment for intrauterine fibroids.

Kyakuhaire had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy treatment due to endometrial hyperplasia and uterine myomas. She has better health now and is only experiencing a little pain at the incision site. She will no longer bleed like before and will have a better quality of life.

Kyakuhaire shared, “I’m appreciative of this great support I have received. You helped save my life. I will continue with farming once I recover.”

Kyakuhaire had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy treatment due to endometrial hyperplasia and uterine myomas. She has better health ...

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June 8, 2020

Kyakuhire is a 53 year old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow who lost her husband in 1995, leaving her with two children. Her eldest one does welding but is not self-employed thus he works on someone else’s workshop and she shared that he is not able to earn much this way. She has struggled and is supporting her last born who has just finished university but hasn’t got a job yet. Her husband left her with a small piece of land with a banana and coffee plantation from which she has often generated an income to pay for her children and sustain a living.

For some time, Kyakuhire has been experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with intrauterine fibroids with endometrial hyperplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kyakuhire’s surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kyakuhire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kyakuhire shared with us: “I know that God is with me because he says ‘you should not worry about tomorrow, I will take care of you if at all I take good care of the birds in the bush which do not cultivate yet eat daily’. I hope my life will be greater than it was and I will be able to resume with cultivation in order to sustain my family.”

Kyakuhire is a 53 year old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow who lost her husband in 1995, leaving her with two children. Her eldest one do...

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Kyakuhire's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyakuhire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyakuhire 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyakuhire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyakuhire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Kyakuhire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$148
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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