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Success! Evalyne from Uganda raised $219 to fund surgery to treat uterine fibroids.

Evalyne
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Evalyne's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Evalyne post-operation

December 29, 2021

Evalyne underwent surgery to heal her uterine fibroids.

Evalyne had a successful surgery to treat the uterine fibroids that she had been struggling with. She will no longer experience persistent pain and symptoms and hopes to resume farming as soon as she recovers.

Evalyn says “My only wish is to ever get a chance to meet my donors in person so that I may express my gratitude and thanks for what they have done for me. May the good lord be their guard in whatever they do.”

Evalyne had a successful surgery to treat the uterine fibroids that she had been struggling with. She will no longer experience persistent p...

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October 21, 2021

Evalyne is a farmer and is married with eight children; the youngest of whom are still in primary and secondary schools. Her husband is a primary school teacher while Evalyne works on her small piece of land to make ends meet.

For the past six months, Evalyne has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and back pain. She had a subtotal hysterectomy previously due to the fibroids. However, the symptoms persisted and she came to Nyakibale Hospital hoping to be helped. She has been diagnosed with severe uterine fibroids. She is afraid of the cost of surgery and appeals for help so that she can undergo a total hysterectomy.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Evalyne’s surgery. On October 26th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Evalyne will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and symptoms.

Evalyne says “I cannot wait to have my condition treated because it has made me have low self-esteem and I no longer feel I can do anything productive. I request for the support to enable me to resume farming after surgery.”

Evalyne is a farmer and is married with eight children; the youngest of whom are still in primary and secondary schools. Her husband is a pr...

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Evalyne's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evalyne's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evalyne 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 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evalyne's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evalyne's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 for Evalyne'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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$390raised
$306to go

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