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Caleb is a 13-year-old from Kenya who needs $554 to fund a mass excision surgery.

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June 30, 2020

Caleb is a seventh grader and the firstborn of two children. He and his eight-year-old sister live with their parents in a timber house on a small plot of land where they plant maize and beans for home use. Caleb’s father is a Khat picker while his mother is a casual laborer and sells water to their community. His parents are not financially stable.

Caleb has been diagnosed with a slow-growing intraoral cyst, which has caused him pain for the past 2 months. Without treatment, Caleb will experience increasing pain and continue bleeding.

Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is asking for your help in funding this surgery which costs $554.

Caleb’s grandmother shared,’’ I am praying for my grandson to receive the required treatment.’’

Caleb is a seventh grader and the firstborn of two children. He and his eight-year-old sister live with their parents in a timber house on a...

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Caleb's Timeline

  • June 30, 2020

    Caleb was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 01, 2020

    Caleb received treatment at Maua Methodist Hospital. 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 01, 2020

    Caleb's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 23, 2020

    Awaiting Caleb's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Caleb is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $554 for Caleb'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 (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). 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 tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment 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, discomfort, 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 the 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?

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 monitoring the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.