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Success! Rwamunahe from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision procedure on her shoulder.

Rwamunahe
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rwamunahe's treatment was fully funded on February 15, 2021.

Photo of Rwamunahe post-operation

February 18, 2021

Rwamunahe underwent a mass excision procedure on her shoulder.

Rwamunahe successfully received an excision treatment to remove the mass that was challenging for her. She is so happy and reports that she is now free for all the previous feeling of needles and pins it often brought her.

Rwamunahe said: “I, first of all, thank the donor who makes this surgery possible for me because I had this swelling for a long time but had failed to treat it due to limited finances. I thank you so much for everything and may the Lord bless you.”

Rwamunahe successfully received an excision treatment to remove the mass that was challenging for her. She is so happy and reports that she ...

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November 16, 2020

Rwamunahe is a 49-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to three children. Of her two sons, one is a builder and the other is a motorbike rider. Her daughter is married and is a small scale farmer. Currently, Rwamunahe earns a living from farming, where she normally grows food crops for home consumption and sells off the surplus to generate a small income to her family.

Rwamunahe came to our medical partner’s care center with a painful right suprascapular mass, which she has had for nearly one year. As a result, she has been experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort in her shoulder area.

Rwamunahe traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 17th, surgeons will remove the mass in her shoulder. Now, Rwamunahe needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Rwamunahe says “My only hopes of getting better is by undergoing this surgery. I will continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”

Rwamunahe is a 49-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to three children. Of her two sons, one is a builder and the othe...

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Rwamunahe's Timeline

  • November 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rwamunahe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rwamunahe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • February 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rwamunahe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 18, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rwamunahe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Rwamunahe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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