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Success! Immaculate from Uganda raised $219 to fund gynecological surgery to alleviate her symptoms and prevent future complications.

Immaculate
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Immaculate's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2022.

Photo of Immaculate post-operation

December 17, 2022

Immaculate underwent gynecological surgery to alleviate her symptoms and prevent future complications.

Immaculate had a successful hysterectomy to reduce lower abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. She was discharged home from the hospital in good condition and hopes to fully recover and resume her day-to-day lifestyle.

Immaculate says “I wish I had a chance to meet my donors in person so that I can express my gratitude towards what they have done for me. Before, all I could think of is how will I get relieved of this. I am so happy to see that it is now history and am in good health.”

Immaculate had a successful hysterectomy to reduce lower abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. She was discharged home from the hospi...

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August 1, 2022

Immaculate is 50-year-old mother and hardworking farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to five children, four of whom have completed school and one whom currently attends school. To support their family, Immaculate tends to her small piece of land for subsistence farming, and her husband works as a construction worker.

For three years, Immaculate has been experiencing backaches, body weakness, lower abdominal pain, a frequent need to use the restroom, and other troubling symptoms. At our medical partner’s care center, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, as well as a cervical polyp. She must undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, to treat her conditions. If not treated, Immaculate will be at risk of developing anaemia, as well as other troubling health complications, in the future.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Immaculate’s procedure. On August 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMHF’s care center. Once recovered, Immaculate will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Immaculate shares, “The only hope I am left with of getting better is by undergoing my surgery. I believe that with your support, it will surely be possible.”

Immaculate is 50-year-old mother and hardworking farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to five children, four of whom have completed school an...

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Immaculate's Timeline

  • August 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 1, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Immaculate's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Immaculate 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.

  • December 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Immaculate's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Immaculate'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 $219 for Immaculate'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.