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Success! Musiimenta from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal.

Musiimenta
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Musiimenta's treatment was fully funded on December 11, 2019.

Photo of Musiimenta post-operation

January 10, 2020

Musiimenta underwent a mass removal.

Musimenta successfully underwent an excision treatment after being diagnosed with perennial lipoma. She now says she feels better and has no major complaint! She is eager to return to her livelihood and begin working again.

Musimenta shared, “I had tried making this work out and failed, but your support has really restored my health and I really appreciate you for that. I am hoping to continue with cultivation after I have fully recovered.”

Musimenta successfully underwent an excision treatment after being diagnosed with perennial lipoma. She now says she feels better and has no...

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November 27, 2019

Musiimenta is a business woman from Uganda. She is a mother to three children all still young and in primary schools. Her husband practices small scale farming while she operates a small scale retail business with in the nearby trading center.

Musimenta reports a painful perineal swelling for about four years. This disfigurement causes her discomfort and it grows in size often and sometimes painful.

Musiimenta traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Musiimenta needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Musimenta says “I can’t dream of my condition getting treated because it has really disturbed my marriage. Hoping to get fine after surgery and go on with cultivation.”

Musiimenta is a business woman from Uganda. She is a mother to three children all still young and in primary schools. Her husband practices ...

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Musiimenta's Timeline

  • November 27, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 01, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musiimenta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musiimenta's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musiimenta 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.

  • January 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musiimenta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Musiimenta's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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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