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Success! Tumugabirwe from Uganda raised $206 to fund a surgery that will reduce swelling.

Tumugabirwe
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$206
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Fully funded
Tumugabirwe's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2020.

Photo of Tumugabirwe post-operation

July 10, 2020

Tumugabirwe underwent surgery to reduce her swelling.

Tumugabirwe’s surgery was successful. Now that her doctor’s have excised her Bartholin’s cyst she is feeling much better. She is relieved to finally feel comfortable and free from any disfigurement. She hopes to live a better life after fully recovering.

Tumugabirwe shared, “I thank God that I have been relieved of this condition. Thank you to my donors for stepping in to save my life.”

Tumugabirwe's surgery was successful. Now that her doctor's have excised her Bartholin's cyst she is feeling much better. She is relieved to...

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June 15, 2020

Tumugabirwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Her husband is also a farmer and she has four children. Unfortunately, two have passed away. Her other two children are married and doing well.

Six years ago, Tumugabirwe started experiencing swelling in a private area that causes her pain. She traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 16, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tumugabirwe needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure.

“I look forward to being relieved of this condition so that I can live well and continue farming after my surgery,” shared Tumugabirwe.

Tumugabirwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Her husband is also a farmer and she has four children. Unfortunately, two have passed away...

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Tumugabirwe's Timeline

  • June 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumugabirwe 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 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumugabirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumugabirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumugabirwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Tumugabirwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Saidi

Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”

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