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

Kembabazi
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  • $219 raised, $0 to go
$219
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2021.

Photo of Kembabazi post-operation

June 24, 2021

Kembabazi underwent a life-changing hysterectomy.

Kembabazi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy following a diagnosis of multiple uterine fibroids. The successful surgery reduced further growth of the fibroids and her related complications including abdominal pain, bleeding and fatigue. She hopes to resume her daily activities with full recovery.

Kembabazi says, “I had tried to raise enough money for this myself but was in vain due to limited finances. I say thank you to my donors for supporting my surgery. Farming being my only source of income, it’s what I shall continue with.”

Kembabazi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy following a diagnosis of multiple uterine fibroids. The successful surgery reduced furthe...

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May 10, 2021

Kembabazi is a teacher from Western Uganda. For the past three years, she has had lower abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptoms. As a result of these pains, she is unable to stand for extended periods and walk for long distances.

Kembabazi came to Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, requiring a total hysterectomy to heal.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kembabazi’s surgery. On May 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Kembabazi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Kembabazi shared, “I hope to be treated and the condition clears so that I can resume my teaching job and support my family again.”

Kembabazi is a teacher from Western Uganda. For the past three years, she has had lower abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptom...

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Kembabazi's Timeline

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kembabazi was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kembabazi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kembabazi 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.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kembabazi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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