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

Keremensia
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  • $208 raised, $0 to go
$208
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Keremensia's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2020.

Photo of Keremensia post-operation

February 21, 2020

Keremensia underwent a hysterectomy.

Baribuganda received treatment of a total abdominal hysterectomy and cystectomy after being diagnosed with leiomyoma. She is now feeling much better, only left with some pain around the excision site.

Baribuganda shared, “Thanks so much for the support you have given to me. I am hoping to continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”

Baribuganda received treatment of a total abdominal hysterectomy and cystectomy after being diagnosed with leiomyoma. She is now feeling muc...

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January 3, 2020

Keremensia is a peasant farmer and mother of 7 from Uganda who came to our facility with complaints of bleeding and lower abdominal pains that have persisted for the past one year. Due to the pain, she is not able to attend to her farming work often.

She has been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, which requires urgent surgery before it metastasizes. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. She, however, lacks money for the surgery. Keremensia is a peasant farmer while her husband is a catechist.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Keremensia’s surgery. On January 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Keremensia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Keremensia says, “I only pray to God that I get a new life after my surgery.”

Keremensia is a peasant farmer and mother of 7 from Uganda who came to our facility with complaints of bleeding and lower abdominal pains th...

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Keremensia's Timeline

  • January 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Keremensia was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Keremensia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Keremensia 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.

  • February 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Keremensia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Keremensia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Keremensia's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • 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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