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Success! Faith from Uganda raised $188 to fund removal of a painful mass called a fibroadenoma.

Faith
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  • $188 raised, $0 to go
$188
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Faith's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2022.

Photo of Faith post-operation

June 22, 2022

Faith underwent removal of a painful mass called a fibroadenoma.

Faith successfully underwent an excision surgery and is now back home and feeling well. She hopes to go back to school soon and complete her studies. Faith shared that she wants to become a nurse in the future and be able to help others.

Faith’s grandmother says: “I never knew that this condition was treatable as I used to fear hospital bills until I came with her to Nyakibale Hospital and was promised to be supported by the donors. I am very happy for this support to my granddaughter. I am sure she will study well now.”

Faith successfully underwent an excision surgery and is now back home and feeling well. She hopes to go back to school soon and complete he...

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May 16, 2022

Faith is a 17-year-old student in high school. She lives with her grandmother as her father is absent. Her mother is a small-scale farmer who does her best to support their family.

A year ago, Faith developed a painful swelling in her chest. The mass is painful, and is growing. On May 17th, surgeons at our partner’s medical care center will remove the mass. Now, Faith’s family needs help to raise $188 to fund this procedure.

Faith’s grandmother says, “If I could personally afford the cost of surgery, I would have already paid for my granddaughter to be treated but I cannot afford it. I pray that she gets the necessary treatment with your support so that she gets well. I will be very grateful when she is treated.”

Faith is a 17-year-old student in high school. She lives with her grandmother as her father is absent. Her mother is a small-scale farmer wh...

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Faith's Timeline

  • May 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faith 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 23, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faith's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision (Major)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $188 for Faith's treatment
Hospital Fees
$43
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$12
Supplies
$45
Labs
$30
Other
$26
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Broadly speaking, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumors are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumor) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to lipoma (benign fat tumor), among others. The symptoms vary depending on the type of tumor. Not all tumors, cancerous or benign, show symptoms. A common benign tumor, such as a lipoma (fatty tumor), may cause local pressure and pain, or may be disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. An ovarian mass may be benign or cancerous and may cause pain, bleeding, or, if malignant, even death.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If the tumor is cancerous, it is usually aggressive and invasive. If not treated (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to lack of accessibility to treatment facilities, some of the patients have lived with masses for a long time. Access to medical facilities is difficult for people living in remote parts of Uganda.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually admitted to the hospital for three days. For major masses, the patient is operated under general anaesthesia and depending on the mass location and whether it is malignant or not, the surgery is approximately 3-5 hours long. After surgery, patients are continuously monitored in the hospital ward to ensure proper healing.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In the case of cancer, the procedure can be life-saving. In the case of benign tumors, patients can be free of pain or social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, the surgeon will only try to remove it if the procedure would be curative. If cancer has already spread, then surgery cannot help. Most of these surgeries are not classified as highly risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few qualified facilities and surgeons to perform this surgical procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives depend on the type of tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery in this region. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but monitoring the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.