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Success! Sr Kembabazi from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

Sr Kembabazi
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Fully funded
Sr Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded on March 5, 2021.

Photo of Sr Kembabazi post-operation

March 9, 2021

Sr Kembabazi underwent a hysterectomy.

Sister Kembabazi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and her surgery was successful! She has now returned home and is so happy to be feeling well. Sr Kembabazi feels that she’ll be able to continue her normal duties more comfortably now, and that she will live a better life. In the long run, she’s excited to sustain and develop her congregation and enjoy time with relatives and friends now that she is feeling better.

Sr Kembabazi shared, “I thank Watsi and Rushoroza hospital. I’m planning to resume my usual duties of serving the Lord and I pray that the good Lord bless the Watsi program to continue touching and saving people’s lives all over the world.”

Sister Kembabazi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and her surgery was successful! She has now returned home and is so happy to be fe...

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February 15, 2021

Sister Kembabazi is a 50-year-old catholic nun from Uganda. She works as a church attendant in Rushoroza Cathedral, however this is a job for which she does not receive a salary. One of her favorite things to do is sing during mass.

For the last ten years, Sr Kembabazi has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pains. She is no longer able to sit or even bend down comfortably, and has also developed chest pain and swollen legs. An ultrasound scan showed that Sr Kembabazi has leiomyomas, also known as uterine fibroids. Initially, she was given some tablets to see if the fibroids would disappear, but her pain has worsened and she came to Rushoroza Hospital for treatment. Sr Kembabazi needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, her lower abdominal pain will continue to worsen and affect her productivity and quality of life.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Sr Kembabazi’s surgery. On February 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Sr Kembabazi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will hopefully improve.

Sr Kembabazi shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because my condition is worsening over time. I hope to resume my usual duties in the church as soon as possible.”

Sister Kembabazi is a 50-year-old catholic nun from Uganda. She works as a church attendant in Rushoroza Cathedral, however this is a job fo...

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Sr Kembabazi's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sr Kembabazi received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • February 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sr Kembabazi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sr Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sr Kembabazi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Sr Kembabazi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
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 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?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a 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 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 only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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Victor

Victor is a student and the oldest of six in his family who live together in a grass thatched house. His parents are farmers in the village, and they grow maize and beans for their family’s upkeep. Victor was born with a complete absence of fingers on his left hand, which has forced him to learn how to do all tasks with his right hand including cooking and laundry. On March 11th, 2021, eighteen-year-old Victor was injured in a motorcycle road traffic accident. He was a passenger when the motorcycle slid on mud and fell. He sustained an injury on his lower leg, and his leg was placed in a cast shortly after the accident. A few weeks later, his condition worsened and his wounds started having signs of infection. His parents brought him to the hospital, where doctors conducted an X-ray which revealed a left tibia-fibula fracture. Victor is in pain and unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 25th, Victor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, Victor will be able to walk again and engage in his normal activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,014 to fund this procedure and his family has been able to contribute $100. Victor is a diligent student, and he scheduled his surgery to begin after he sits for his final exams. He says, “I would have wished to undergo the surgery as soon as possible but I am sitting for my exams this coming week. My prayer is that I won’t be in so much pain so that I can sit for my exams comfortably.” Victor’s mother is appealing to anyone reading his son's story to help her raise money for a successful surgery.

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