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Mariam from Tanzania raised $920 to fund surgery to remove a painful mass.

Mariam
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  • $920 raised, $0 to go
$920
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mariam's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2017.
April 10, 2017

Mariam did not undergo surgery.

Unfortunately, Mariam has chosen not to undergo surgery. If she changes her mind, she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Unfortunately, Mariam has chosen not to undergo surgery. If she changes her mind, she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding....

January 11, 2017

Mariam is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of four children. She lives with her mother, who works as a cook at a local school.

The family first noticed a problem when Mariam started feeling pain in her hips. For the first time, Mariam’s family sought help from a hospital. At the hospital, Miriam was diagnosed with exostosis, a condition characterized by the benign outgrowth of cartilaginous tissue on a bone. If not treated, the mass may continue to grow.

Mariam likes going to school, but she hasn’t been able to attend recently. She will undergo surgery to remove the mass on January 12. For $920, we can fund this procedure.

“We hope after surgery, Mariam will be able to return to school to continue her studies,” says her older brother, “because education is the key to life.”

Mariam is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of four children. She lives with her mother, who works as a cook at a local school. ...

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Mariam's Timeline

  • January 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mariam was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 12, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Mariam was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • January 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mariam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Mariam is no longer raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mariam's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

San

San is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her daughter and two sons in a village near Mae Sot, Thailand. San’s two sons work as agricultural day labourers on a farm. San’s daughter is a second grade student. San stopped working on the farm about four months ago when she first developed problems with her vision. The money that her two sons earn is not enough to cover their household expenses and pay for her daughter’s school fees since she stopped working. They have had to borrow money to pay for basics like food. San has cataract and glaucoma. Currently, San has lost most of her vision in her right eye. Her right eye is painful and always waters. If she tries to focus her vision to make out someone’s face, her eyes will hurt, and she develops a headache. In her free time, San like to clean her house and plant vegetables. She said, “I hope that I will get better soon so that I can go back to work and pay back my debts. I want to support my daughter so that she can become an educated person. I want to live happily with my family for the rest of my life.” Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for San. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove San's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. San said, “I am so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better. I am upset that I cannot work and my two sons have to work and support me. I feel so sad for my two sons.’’

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