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Success! Tracy from Uganda raised $187 to fund a lipoma removal.

  • $187 raised, $0 to go
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Tracy's treatment was fully funded on July 3, 2020.

Photo of Tracy post-operation

June 26, 2020

Tracy underwent a lipoma removal.

Tracy’s surgery was successful! Her doctors were able to excise her anterior chest wall lipoma. She no longer cries of pain and we are hopeful that she will be able to sleep well once the affected region heals completely. She will go on to have a happy and healthy life.

Tracy’s mother shared, “My daughter has a smile now as she has been relieved of the condition that disturbed her comfort. I am so happy that her surgery bills were paid for by Watsi and I hope that she will be able to return to pre-school and that I can continue working at my salon to support my family.

Tracy's surgery was successful! Her doctors were able to excise her anterior chest wall lipoma. She no longer cries of pain and we are hopef...

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April 24, 2020

Tracy is a beautiful three-year-old girl from Uganda. Tracy was screened in during a surgical camp organized by Nyakibale Hospital where she was diagnosed with a lipoma on her chest area. Her mother notes that the swell has been there for over one year. They had not taken her to the hospital due to financial challenges. The lipoma has disfigured her chest area and is often painful as Tracy cries a lot.

Tracy had surgery recommended and he family linked with Watsi’s Medical Partner to request financial assistance. Tracy, the last born in a family of three has started her nursery school. Her mother operates a saloon while the father works at a retail shop. Their income is negligible to meet the cost of surgery in the hospital and they appeal for help. The surgery will restore Tracy’s good health and ease her pain.

On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tracy’s family needs help to raise $187 to fund her procedure.

Tracy’s mother says, “My daughter has been crying always due to pain and the discomfort, but I hope that she will be relieved after undergoing her surgery and continue with school since she enjoys going to school more than anything else.”

Tracy is a beautiful three-year-old girl from Uganda. Tracy was screened in during a surgical camp organized by Nyakibale Hospital where she...

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Tracy's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020

    Tracy was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 26, 2020

    Tracy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 28, 2020

    Tracy 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.

  • June 26, 2020

    Tracy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 03, 2020

    Tracy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Tracy'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 (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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John is a casual laborer from Kenya and the oldest of three children in his family with a single mother. John is currenrtly unemployed and previously he did some casual work at a bus stage: to help fill passengers for a small daily wage. His mother does casual work like cleaning clothes for neighbors and any other job available. On 4th April 2019 John was hit by a vehicle that lost control and met him on the side of the road. He sustained injuries to both legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays showed he had closed fracture head of femur left leg and open fracture right tibia. Through the earlier support of friends and neighbors, he had an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on the left side and external fixator on his right leg. Unfortunately even after the wound was healed his family could not afford another ORIF surgery which is much needed. Doctors are concerned that if not treated soon, John may get sepsis in his bones and may never be able to use his legs again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 5th, John will undergo an ORIF fracture repair procedure. We hope with treatment, he will regain normal use of his legs and that an infection will also be avoided. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have suffered a whole year in bed and pain that seems to have no end. I really plead for support and God will bless you. I can’t imagine seeing these metal bars removed from my leg and walking again, even if by crutches,” says John.

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$328to go

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