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Success! Santrina from Uganda raised $319 to fund a hysterectomy.

Santrina
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  • $319 raised, $0 to go
$319
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Santrina's treatment was fully funded on September 19, 2022.

Photo of Santrina post-operation

October 5, 2022

Santrina underwent a hysterectomy.

Santrina had a successful hysterectomy at Rushoroza Hospital. She will no longer be worried of further deterioration of her condition and her health. She plans to resume farming and to be able to take good care of herself and daughter after complete recovery.

Santrina says, “I am very happy after a long period of suffering that I had a successful surgery funded by the donor program, my family could hardly afford this. I thank you very much.”

Santrina had a successful hysterectomy at Rushoroza Hospital. She will no longer be worried of further deterioration of her condition and he...

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June 7, 2022

Santrina is a small-scale farmer who needs surgery to live pain free. After giving birth to her daughter in 2000, Santrina separated from her husband, who died shortly thereafter. She then decided to return to her maternal home, where she continues to live, supporting herself and her daughter through farming.

Three months ago, Santrina began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains. She has also had abnormal and heavy bleeding, which she thought was because of her age. While she hoped that this would normalize over time, she has instead experienced more symptoms including dizziness, and severe pain, which resulted in her being hospitalized. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding, and doctors have told her that she needs surgery to correct her condition. Because of everything that has gone on, Santrina has had to give up farming, which was her only source of income.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund Santrina’s surgery, a hysterectomy, which is scheduled to take place on June 9th at Rushroza Hospital. After this procedure, Santrina will be able to resume her life, free from pain.

Santrina says, “My family cannot afford the surgery and I ask for assistance. I hope to get well through surgery and be able to live a normal life again and continue taking good care of my family.”

Santrina is a small-scale farmer who needs surgery to live pain free. After giving birth to her daughter in 2000, Santrina separated from he...

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Santrina's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Santrina was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Santrina 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.

  • June 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Santrina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Santrina's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Santrina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Santrina'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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