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

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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

    Tumugabirwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 18, 2020

    Tumugabirwe 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.

  • June 18, 2020

    Tumugabirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    Tumugabirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2020

    Tumugabirwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Tumugabirwe'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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Rayvan is a 1 month old baby boy living with his parents and three siblings in Kenya. Rayvan's mother used to plough her neighbors' farms, while his father herds cattle and ploughs farms to earn a living for their family. Rayvan parents shared that he was born at home because they could not afford to pay for his delivery at a hospital. After his birth, his mother noticed that Rayvan had a large swelling on the lower part of his back. She immediately took him to a nearby hospital to be examined. Rayvan was given some medication, and sent back home. After using the medication for a few weeks, there was no change in his condition. His mother shared her concerns about Rayvan with her friends, and one of them referred her to our medical partner's care center BethanyKids Hospital in Kijabe. On arrival, he was examined and diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition that requires surgical intervention to heal. Without surgery, Rayvan is at risk of developing paralysis of his lower limbs, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, and possible developmental delays. His parents do not have health insurance, and are unable to pay for the surgery he needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Rayvan's spina bifida closure surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 18th at BethanyKids Hospital. This procedure will hopefully spare Rayvan from the risks associated with his condition, and enable him to grow up strong and healthy. Rayvan’s mother says: “I have never seen such a condition before and I was very much worried about my child. Now I’m happy to hear that he can get treated. The sad part is that I cannot afford the treatment but I believe that God will make a way.”

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