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

  • $219 raised, $0 to go
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Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded on November 26, 2021.

Photo of Kemirembe post-operation

August 25, 2021

Kemirembe underwent a hysterectomy.

Kemirembe successfully received a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment at our medical partner’s care center Nyakibale Hospital. The surgery reduced Kemirembe’s chances of further complications including anaemia and lower abdominal pains. She was discharged home and hopes to recover completely and resume her teaching job in good health.

Kemirembe says: “This condition had stopped me from doing anything, I even feared standing in public worried about what people would think but it seems it’s all history now, thanks to my donors and may the Lord stay with you.”

Kemirembe successfully received a total abdominal hysterectomy treatment at our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. The surger...

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July 12, 2021

Kemirembe is a teacher and a mother of four, with two daughters and two sons, all of whom are in school. She loves coaching and teaching her children especially now as schools are closed due to Covid-19. Together with her husband, they are primary school teachers in a school close to their home. They have a small farm which they use to harvest produce for their own family.

For 6 months, Kemirembe has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, along with headaches and back pains. She is afraid she could become anemic. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kemirembe’s surgery. On July 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 that once I’m operated under your support, I will regain my health and teach with even more efforts after our schools open.”

Kemirembe is a teacher and a mother of four, with two daughters and two sons, all of whom are in school. She loves coaching and teaching her...

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Kemirembe's Timeline

  • July 12, 2021

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

  • July 15, 2021

    Kemirembe 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.

  • July 19, 2021

    Kemirembe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2021

    Kemirembe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 26, 2021

    Kemirembe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $219 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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