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Success! Muhangi from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision.

Muhangi
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muhangi's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2021.

Photo of Muhangi post-operation

March 25, 2021

Muhangi underwent a mass excision.

Muhangi underwent an excision treatment which came out successfully. He is excited to already be feeling much better. He shared that he no longer feels pain unlike before and even hope to continue to get now that he is heading home.

Muhangi’s father shared: “May the Lord bless you so much for giving me such support to restore my son’s health, and I thank his donors so much for having made his surgery possible. He will be able to continue with school once they are reopened.”

Muhangi underwent an excision treatment which came out successfully. He is excited to already be feeling much better. He shared that he no l...

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February 23, 2021

Muhangi is a 13-year-old student from Uganda. Muhangi is the fourth born of six children in his family. His parents farm tomatoes and cabbage, often selling the surplus to make ends meet.

Three years ago, Muhangi developed a painful mass on his neck that has continually increased in size. He complains of pain, especially when he tries turning his neck or sleeps on the swollen side. When he was examined at a local hospital, he was diagnosed with a sternomastoid mass and surgery was recommended.

Muhangi and his father traveled to African Mission Healthcare’s care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Muhangi’s family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Muhangi’s father shared, “I think that this condition could continue affecting my son but I hope that with surgery, it will end, and he will continue with his education.”

Muhangi is a 13-year-old student from Uganda. Muhangi is the fourth born of six children in his family. His parents farm tomatoes and cabbag...

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Muhangi's Timeline

  • February 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Muhangi was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muhangi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muhangi 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.

  • March 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muhangi's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muhangi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Muhangi'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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