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Success! Tereza from Uganda raised $137 to fund a mass removal so that she can work again and support herself.

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Tereza's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Tereza post-operation

December 13, 2022

Tereza underwent surgery so that she can work again and support herself.

Having been diagnosed with a ganglion cyst, Tereza had a successful surgery and was discharged home from the hospital in good condition. She is very grateful for the support offered.

Tereza says: “I have always been worried about this swelling becoming cancerous. I thank God for your support, it was removed. God bless you.”

Having been diagnosed with a ganglion cyst, Tereza had a successful surgery and was discharged home from the hospital in good condition. She...

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November 7, 2022

Tereza is a 77-year-old widow. She is a small-scale farmer, but is unable to work her farm due to her current health condition. Tereza shared that it is hard to receive support from anyone in her community. She lives with her grandson in a three-roomed, semi-permanent house.

Six months ago, Tereza developed a painful swelling on the left wrist. The condition has caused disfigurement in the affected area, and she has pain and discomfort. She hardly washes clothes, cooks, or uses the affected arm now. Tereza’s work performance and quality of life have significantly deteriorated due to her pain. She visited Nyakibale Hospital after learning about it from her neighbors, and was diagnosed with a ganglion cyst. She needs surgery to remove the painful mass.

Tereza traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 8th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tereza needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Tereza says, “I am currently quite vulnerable because I don’t have help yet I still need to eat and take care of certain home chores. I will appreciate your financial assistance so that I can receive treatment.”

Tereza is a 77-year-old widow. She is a small-scale farmer, but is unable to work her farm due to her current health condition. Tereza share...

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Tereza's Timeline

  • November 7, 2022

    Tereza was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 9, 2022

    Tereza 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.

  • November 10, 2022

    Tereza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Tereza's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022

    Tereza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Tereza'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, 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. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

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

Due to a 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 one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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

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Ma Win is an 18-year-old girl who lives with her parents, sister and brother-in-law in Yangon, Burma. Ma Win’s sister works at a clothing factory, while her brother-in-law works as a day laborer. Her parents are homemakers. Before Ma Win's current illness, she also worked at a factory. When Ma Win was four years old, she experienced a bout of high fever, and was brought to the local clinic. She received an injection, and the doctor informed her parents that she was born with a heart problem. However, she was too young at the time for corrective surgery. Instead, she was sent home with medication, and appeared to be doing well until this past year. In April, Ma Win began experiencing chest pains, high fever and difficulty breathing. She went to a clinic, and received an x-ray and an echocardiogram. After the doctor checked her results, she was diagnosed with an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The doctor told her and her family that she would need to have surgery. When Ma Win explained to the doctor that her family could not afford to pay for the surgery, she was referred to the abbot of a local monastery, who provided the family with information about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Now Ma Win is scheduled for cardiac surgery on October 23rd at Pun Hlaing Hospital. After she has recovered, she should no longer experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, and she won't have to worry any longer about her condition. She will also be able to return to work, which will help ease her family's financial burdens. Now she needs your help to raise $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure. Ma Win said: “I am scared to receive surgery, but my mother tries to encourage me. However, I am very happy that I will be able to receive treatment with your help. I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors.”

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