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Jenifer is a cheerful and fun-loving farmer from Uganda who needs $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

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November 3, 2021

Jenifer is a farmer. She is a cheerful person by nature and enjoys singing at her church. Jenifer is married and a mother of three sons and three daughters. Two of her daughters are married and work as small-scale farmers, while her last daughter is still in school. Her eldest son is a carpenter, while her other two sons are in school as well. Jenifer and her husband earn their living from small-scale farming.

For about two years, Jenifer has been experiencing unexplainable bleeding and lower abdominal pain. When medication did not help, Jenifer was referred to the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Upon review, she was diagnosed with a cervical polyp, and doctors recommend a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Jenifer is afraid that, with continuous bleeding, she might experience anemia and other complications.

On November 4th, Jenifer will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, Jenifer will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund Jenifer’s surgery.

Jenifer shared, “My dream is to educate my children until they complete their studies. With your help and support, my dream will be accomplished as I will be treated and be healthy.”

Jenifer is a farmer. She is a cheerful person by nature and enjoys singing at her church. Jenifer is married and a mother of three sons and ...

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Jenifer's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jenifer was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 4, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Jenifer was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jenifer's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Jenifer is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Jenifer's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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