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Success! Tumusiime from Uganda raised $208 to fund a total abdominal hysterectomy..

Tumusiime
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tumusiime's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2017.

Photo of Tumusiime post-operation

November 3, 2017

Tumusiime underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy..

Tumusiime had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. This has relieved her from pain that she suffered for a long period of time. We expect that her quality of life will be improved.

Tumusiime says, “I am very grateful to Watsi for having paid for this surgery which I would never afford on my own. Thanks for saving my life. I hope to continue with farming when fully stable.”

Tumusiime had a successful total abdominal hysterectomy. This has relieved her from pain that she suffered for a long period of time. We exp...

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September 14, 2017

Tumusiime is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and has eight children. Her youngest child is 16 years old. She and her husband practice small scale farming.

For the past three years, Tumusiime has suffered from severe lower abdominal pain. This has prevented her from doing certain activities, such as lifting and digging, and she has experienced many sleepless nights due to her pain. Tumusiime visited the hospital several times and was given treatment for her chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, but she did not improve.

Tumusiime has always known that she needed to undergo surgery, but she could not raise the money for a total abdominal hysterectomy. Tumusiime was then referred to Watsi for support. If not treated, Tumusiime will have persistent lower abdominal pain.

On September 21, Tumusiime will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Tumusiime’s procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a four-night hospital stay, doctor fees, labs, medication, and supplies. After surgery, Tumusiime hopes to resume farming.

Tumusiime is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and has eight children. Her youngest child is 16 years old. She and her husband...

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Tumusiime's Timeline

  • September 14, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tumusiime was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumusiime's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumusiime received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • November 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumusiime's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumusiime's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Tumusiime'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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