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Success! Owen from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy so she can live free of pain and discomfort.

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

Photo of Owen post-operation

January 22, 2023

Owen underwent a hysterectomy so she can live free of pain.

Owen had a successful surgery and the uterine myomas were excised. She is now in good health, free from bleeding and lower abdominal pain, and hopes to soon fully recover and resume her day-to-day work with ease. She is grateful for all of the support offered.

Owen says, “May God bless you my donors because had it not been your mercy, I couldn’t have done this on my own. I will surely live to remember what you have done forever.”

Owen had a successful surgery and the uterine myomas were excised. She is now in good health, free from bleeding and lower abdominal pain, a...

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August 5, 2022

Owen is a hardworking farmer from Uganda. She is married and has three children, all of whom are in school. To support their family, she and her husband both work as farmers. She also sells farm products to generate additional income to support her family’s day-to-day needs.

For the past two years, Owen has been experiencing backaches, abdominal pain, and severe bleeding. She has already previously received two blood transfusion due to anemia. She sought medical attention due to her troubling symptoms and was diagnosed by with multiple uterine myomas. Owen shared that due to financial constraints, she is not able to fund her needed procedure. However, if her condition is not treated, her symptoms will continue, and her rapid loss of blood will put her at risk of redeveloping anemia. She must undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, healing her condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is requesting $219 to fund Owen’s surgery. On August 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMHF’s care center. Once recovered, Owen will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Owen says, “I hope to get support and undergo my surgery. I will get better and continue with farming in good health to sustain my family.”

Owen is a hardworking farmer from Uganda. She is married and has three children, all of whom are in school. To support their family, she and...

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Owen's Timeline

  • August 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Owen 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.

  • August 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Owen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Owen's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 22, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Owen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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