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Success! Fayka from Tanzania raised $920 for surgery to remove a painful mass.

Fayka
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Fayka's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2016.

Photo of Fayka post-operation

March 13, 2016

Fayka received surgery to remove her abdominal mass.

“Fayka is doing well,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares. “The pain she had been feeling before surgery is no longer there and her appetite is slowly increasing.”

“I am very grateful for the big financial support,” shares Fayka’s mother. “My daughter is showing great improvement. She is eating better and she is not complaining of severe pain anymore. She will soon start going to school. Thank you.”

"Fayka is doing well," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares. "The pain she had been feeling before surgery is ...

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January 24, 2016

Meet Fayka, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. For over a month now, Fayka has been experiencing intermittent stomach pain that is severe at times and is affecting her ability to eat properly. Tests have revealed a growing abdominal mass that requires surgical removal to prevent further health complications.

Born on July 1st, 2012, Fayka is an only child to her mother and father. “Fayka has started pre-school and she enjoys singing and coloring some pictures,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “When around other children, you will see her laughing and peacefully playing with her friends.”

“Fayka’s mother is a homemaker and her father is a truck driver,” says AMHF. The family currently rents a small apartment, hoping to save up some money and begin building their own house on a piece of land given to them by Fayka’s grandfather. However, “What Fayka’s father earns is not enough to cover their daily living expenses as well as the surgery which their daughter needs.”

For $920, Fayka will undergo surgery to remove her abdominal mass, thus eliminating her stomach pain and allowing her to continue school without disruptions. “My daughter has been doing well and I will be happy not to see her suffering,” says Fayka’s mother. “My wish is to see her excel in life.”

Meet Fayka, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. For over a month now, Fayka has been experiencing intermittent stomach pain that is severe a...

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Fayka's Timeline

  • January 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Fayka was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Fayka received 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.

  • February 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Fayka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 3, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Fayka's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Fayka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 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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