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Success! Ziporah from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy surgery so she can live pain-free.

Ziporah
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ziporah's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Ziporah post-operation

December 13, 2022

Ziporah underwent a hysterectomy surgery so she can live pain-free.

Ziporah successfully received a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment and her surgery went successfully allowing her ill health to be healed. As she recovered, she no longer complains of lower abdominal pain or bleeding. She now has a smiling face now and hopes to continue farming in good health!

Ziporah says, “I thank you so much and pray that may the good lord continue blessing you in whatever you do to have much more to help more others as you did for me.”

Ziporah successfully received a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment and her surgery went successfully allowing her ill health to be heale...

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September 14, 2022

Ziporah is a 45-year-old lady from Southwestern Uganda. Together with her husband, she practices subsistence farming. They have 6 children, 5 of whom are still in school and one who is married. Their income is too limited to manage their home affairs and meet medical costs.

For the last 6 months, Ziporah has been experiencing severe abdominal pain and irregular menstrual cycle. The pain had been there for the past 8 years but in the last 6 months, it has been severe. She is worried about suffering from anaemia but it was hard for her family to raise money for her to visit the hospital. When it became challenging for her to do all the daily chores, they managed to visit Nyakibale Hospital for review.

Now Ziporah has been diagnosed with endometrial polyps. The cost of the recommended hysterectomy surgery is too high but our medical partner can help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is raising $219 to fund Ziporah’s surgery. On September 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Ziporah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Ziporah says “I feel I have reached my last if am not supported. Your support will determine my life as I have no other option. I pray that I get considered and live a good life again as I do my activities farming for a living.”

Ziporah is a 45-year-old lady from Southwestern Uganda. Together with her husband, she practices subsistence farming. They have 6 children, ...

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Ziporah's Timeline

  • September 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ziporah 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.

  • September 17, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ziporah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ziporah's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ziporah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Ziporah'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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