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Success! Getrude from Uganda raised $219 to fund a life-changing hysterectomy.

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Getrude's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2022.

Photo of Getrude post-operation

December 27, 2022

Getrude underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

Getrude had a successful surgery where the malignant lesions were excised by the team at Nyakibale Hospital. She’s recovering well from surgery and will return to the follow-up clinic to track her healing progress. She hopes that her back pains and bleeding will subdue, and that she will be able to resume her day-to-day activities without problems.

Getrude says, “All I can say is thank you so much, my donors, for saving my life. I am so happy and will live to remember what you’ve done for me, May God bless you.”

Getrude had a successful surgery where the malignant lesions were excised by the team at Nyakibale Hospital. She's recovering well from surg...

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September 12, 2022

Getrude is a farmer, a widow, and a mother of five grown children. Her two sons are in small scale business, while her three daughters are married and practice small scale farming themselves. Although Getrude lost her husband 20 years ago, she has been able to raise her children by her small scale farming work. She earns an extra income through weaving mats, but is not in a position to pay her upcoming hospital bill.

For three years, Getrude has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and other difficult symptoms. She shared that after suffering unbearable pain, she decided to seek health assistance. She visited Karoli Lwanga Hospital Nyakibale, where she was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion.

If her condition is not treated, chances are that the lesion may become cancerous. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Getrude’s surgery. On September 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Getrude will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Getrude says, “I hope I will get better once I am treated. I wish to continue with farming and sustain my family.”

Getrude is a farmer, a widow, and a mother of five grown children. Her two sons are in small scale business, while her three daughters are m...

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Getrude's Timeline

  • September 12, 2022

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

  • September 13, 2022

    Getrude 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

    Getrude's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2022

    Getrude's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2022

    Getrude's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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