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Success! Molly from Uganda raised $319 to fund a life-changing hysterectomy.

  • $319 raised, $0 to go
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Molly's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2023.
November 3, 2022

Molly is a 50-year-old wife and mother, living in Uganda. She and her husband - both of whom are small scale farmers - have five children, ranging in age from nine to twenty years.

For the past year, Molly has been experiencing severe low abdominal pains and other worrying symptoms. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and provided with various medications to help with her condition. Nothing has proven to be effective, so Molly will need to undergo a hysterectomy, to have her uterus removed.

Molly and her husband work hard, but do not often earn enough money to cover their basic, daily expenses. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking your help to fund Molly’s surgery, which will take place on November 4th at Rushoroza Hospital, and cost $319. After she has recovered, Molly should be able to resume her life, free of her current symptoms.

Molly says: “I hope to get treated through surgery. I can no longer do my day-to-day duties well. Once I am feeling better I want to be able to keep farming and provide for my family.”

Molly is a 50-year-old wife and mother, living in Uganda. She and her husband - both of whom are small scale farmers - have five children, ...

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Molly's Timeline

  • November 3, 2022

    Molly was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 9, 2022

    Molly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 19, 2022

    Molly was scheduled to receive 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.


    Molly's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Molly's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Molly's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.