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Success! Kemirembe from Uganda raised $219 to fund a hysterectomy.

Kemirembe
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$219
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Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2021.

Photo of Kemirembe post-operation

April 12, 2021

Kemirembe underwent a hysterectomy.

Kemirembe had a successful hysterectomy surgery at Nyakibale hospital. She had an uneventful recovery and she is no longer experiencing back pain or bleeding. In addition, the surgery reduced Kemirembe’s chances of other complications, such as anaemia.

Kemirembe shared, “I thank you for helping in restoring my health. I was in much pain and was also worried about the medical bill but you came through for me. I will resume farming after my full recovery.”

Kemirembe had a successful hysterectomy surgery at Nyakibale hospital. She had an uneventful recovery and she is no longer experiencing back...

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March 8, 2021

Kemirembe is a 60-year-old woman. She and her daughters are farmers, and they rely on a small banana plantation left by her husband before he passed away. She supplements the income with casual labour from other places when available.

Nine months ago, Kemirembe started experiencing abnormal bleeding and pain. The pains have limited her ability to work, since she is unable to bend over. Kemirembe was referred to Nyakibale Hospital from a local health center, where she was diagnosed with uterine myoma. Doctors recommend she undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. However, Kemirembe is not able to afford the cost of care, and she appeals for financial support.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kemirembe’s surgery. On March 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kemirembe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain, and she will no longer be at risk of complications like anemia.

Kemirembe shared, “I was afraid that I would die because of the abnormal bleeding I was experiencing, but I hope with your support that I will now receive my surgery and continue with farming in good health.”

Kemirembe is a 60-year-old woman. She and her daughters are farmers, and they rely on a small banana plantation left by her husband before h...

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Kemirembe's Timeline

  • March 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kemirembe was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kemirembe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kemirembe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kemirembe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Shoh is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and two daughters in Nu Poe Refugee Camp in Thailand. In the camp, Shoh and his oldest son are teachers who teach about the Quran for other refugees. They each earn 1,200 baht (approx. 40 USD) per month. His wife is often sick, and his eldest daughter has to look after her at home. His daughter-in-law is a homemaker while his youngest daughter and son are students. Shoh’s household receives 1,110 baht (approx. 37 USD) every month on a cash card to purchase rations in the camp. Their monthly household income is just enough to cover their daily expenses as they also receive free basic health care and education in the camp. Since February 2020, Shoh has had umbilical hearnia. Currently, Shoh’s abdomen pain is not severe but his hernia is still increasing in size. He feels uncomfortable when he walks because of his swollen abdomen. He cannot sleep well and is increasingly worried about his diagnosis. The pain in his abdomen increases when he feels cold, especially at night. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shoh's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Shoh said, “I do not want to stop being a teacher. I love teaching the Quran to young children. Also, if I do not teach, I do not earn an income and my family does not have enough income to cover our household expenses.”

85% funded

85%funded
$1,280raised
$220to go

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