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Success! Aimukama from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision procedure.

  • $196 raised, $0 to go
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Aimukama's treatment was fully funded on March 13, 2021.

Photo of Aimukama post-operation

March 25, 2021

Aimukama underwent a mass excision procedure.

Aimukama underwent an excision treatment after a diagnosis of thyroglossal cyst. His family is relieve he’s now out of risk of complications that could have resulted from the cyst and he’s finally out of pain.

Aimukama’s father says: “I really appreciate the help given to my son’s surgery. I couldn’t have managed on my own. May the Lord bless you abundantly and I hope he will be able to continue growing well and without pain.”

Aimukama underwent an excision treatment after a diagnosis of thyroglossal cyst. His family is relieve he's now out of risk of complications...

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March 1, 2021

Aimukama is a 4-year-old child and the youngest in his family with seven siblings. Both of Aimukama’s parents are farmers who sell the surplus of their harvest to support the family.

Two years ago, Aimukama developed a neck swelling that has gradually been growing in size and has become painful. The area is sensitive when pressed and limits his ability to sleep well. His mother brought him to Nyakibale Hospital, where scan imaging indicated that he had a thyroglossal cyst. Doctors recommended that Aimukama undergo surgery, but his family cannot afford the cost of his care. His parents appeal for financial support so that their son can be treated and be free from pain and further complications.

Aimukama traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Aimukama needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Aimukama’s mother shared, “I only pray to God to help me and open a way to your support so that my child may receive his surgery and continue growing up well.”

Aimukama is a 4-year-old child and the youngest in his family with seven siblings. Both of Aimukama's parents are farmers who sell the surpl...

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Aimukama's Timeline

  • March 1, 2021

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

  • March 3, 2021

    Aimukama 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.

  • March 3, 2021

    Aimukama's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2021

    Aimukama's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 25, 2021

    Aimukama's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Aimukama'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?

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, 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 (like 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 for three days. They undergo three- to five-hour surgery depending on the location of the mass and whether it's cancerous. After surgery, they are continuously monitored in the wards.

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 very 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 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. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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