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Success! Atuheire from Uganda raised $187 to fund mass removal surgery.

Atuheire
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Atuheire's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Atuheire post-operation

July 21, 2017

Atuheire underwent mass removal surgery.

The excision was successful, and she will now be more comfortable.

Atuhaire says, “Thank you very much for paying for my surgery which I would not afford. I will forever pray for you for success in your services. I hope to continue doing house duties.”

The excision was successful, and she will now be more comfortable. Atuhaire says, “Thank you very much for paying for my surgery which I...

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June 27, 2017

Atuheire is a 24-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and the mother of three children. She and her husband work as subsistence farmers to feed their family.

Atuheire was born with a swelling on her chest that has grown much larger over time. Recently, the mass has become painful when touched, so Atuheire sought treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where it was diagnosed a noncancerous cyst. If left untreated, the cyst could become infected and cause further medical complications later on.

Atuheire is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on June 29, and is requesting $187 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, she will be able to live free of pain.

Atuheire is a 24-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and the mother of three children. She and her husband work as subsistence farmer...

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Atuheire's Timeline

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Atuheire was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Atuheire 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.

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Atuheire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Atuheire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Atuheire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Atuheire'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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