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Success! Kemirembe from Uganda raised $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

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Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded on June 2, 2020.

Photo of Kemirembe post-operation

March 19, 2020

Kemirembe underwent a hysterectomy.

Kemirembe successfully underwent a total hysterectomy treatment for multiple uterine myomas. Due to the effectiveness of the operation, Kemirembe is now feeling much better and is improving on oral medications given. She was advised on follow-up medical compliance and proper hygiene, and was recommended to come back as per her follow-up appointment given.

Kemirembe says, “I am so much privileged having been one of the people who have benefited from this program. I had over time been with this condition and in pain, but I had failed to get money for my surgery totally. May God bless you and may he reward you in return.”

Kemirembe successfully underwent a total hysterectomy treatment for multiple uterine myomas. Due to the effectiveness of the operation, Kemi...

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February 12, 2020

Kemirembe is a farmer from Uganda. She is married as a second wife, and is a mother to three children and stepmother to four after their mother passed. All her children are still schooling at different levels but they experience a problem with school fees due to the family’s low income. Kemiremebe’s husband works as a builder but at times he may go a while before finding work. She earns a little through practicing small-scale farming to supplement what her husband earns.

Since two years ago, Kemirembe has been experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with uterine myomas. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kemirembe’s surgery. On February 13th, 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.

Kemirembe says, “I hope to get well after my surgery.”

Kemirembe is a farmer from Uganda. She is married as a second wife, and is a mother to three children and stepmother to four after their mot...

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Kemirembe's Timeline

  • February 12, 2020

    Kemirembe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • February 17, 2020

    Kemirembe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2020

    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.

  • March 19, 2020

    Kemirembe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 02, 2020

    Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Kemirembe'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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$269to go

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