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Kyokusiima is a small businesswoman from Uganda who needs $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

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April 21, 2021

Kyokusiima is a 44-year-old small businesswoman and a single mother to one daughter who is in the seventh grade. Her husband left their family many years ago. Kyokusiima operates a small retail shop to make ends meet for her and her daughter.

For the last two years, Kyokusiima has had lower abdominal pain, menorrhagia and associated back pains. The condition has grown more severe with time, and efforts to manage with painkillers have not been fruitful. Kyokusiima has been to several health centres and was referred to a gynaecologist for further review, but could not visit them due to financial hurdles.

When Kyokusiima was able to visit our medical partner’s care center Nyakibale Hospital, she underwent scans that indicated she had multiple myomas. She was recommended to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery, where surgeons would remove her uterus. Without this procedure, she might suffer from anaemia in the future. However, Kyokusiima is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for financial support.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyokusiima’s surgery. On April 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kyokusiima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kyokusiima shared, “I hope that once I undergo this operation, I will be relieved from bleeding and other symptoms like backache which have made my life miserable. I will continue with my shop so that I can educate my daughter not to suffer as I did.”

Kyokusiima is a 44-year-old small businesswoman and a single mother to one daughter who is in the seventh grade. Her husband left their fami...

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Kyokusiima's Timeline

  • April 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 24, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyokusiima 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.

  • April 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyokusiima's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kyokusiima's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kyokusiima is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Kyokusiima's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
Other
$11
  • 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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Joan is a playful and happy three-year-old girl. She's the third born in a family of four. Their family lives in a rental house in a small town in Kenya. Her father works as a shopkeeper, and her mother is a housewife. Joan's father earns limited wages from the business, especially during the difficult times caused by the COVID pandemic. Having been blessed with four children, Joan's father's income is often not enough to cater to the basic needs of his children and also pay for the health care that Joan needs. Joan was brought to the hospital with recurrent tonsillitis and pain when swallowing for more than a year now. She has difficulty sleeping, and breathing when she sleeps. These symptoms are attributed to enlarged tonsils that are blocking her airways. Her mother also reported that when Joan has an active infection, she is not able to feed well and even has difficulty in breathing during the day. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, Joan's mother had been taking her to a health facility for treatment with antibiotics, though they have not been effective. Our surgeons have recommended that Joan’s condition is best treated surgically and have booked her for a tonsillectomy. The surgery will improve her general well-being and bring her peace during the night and aid in proper feeding. Joan's family is requesting any well-wisher to support them so that their daughter can undergo surgery. Joan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $420 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able to sleep and breathe peacefully throughout the night. Joan's mother shared, “I want my child to get treated so that she can breathe well and sleep well. Thank you for your support.''

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$253raised
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