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Mosses is a teenager from Tanzania who needs $689 to fund a mass removal procedure.

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January 10, 2018

Mosses is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of seven children. Mosses has just completed his primary school education.

Mosses started getting sick almost a year ago when he noticed a bump on his upper right thigh that kept growing gradually. It was painful for him to walk to school, and he could not play or help at home with chores. He was expecting to enroll in secondary school this year, but the pain got worse, to the point where he could not sleep and would complain of pain throughout the night.

Mosses traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mosses needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Mosses says, “I hope I will be able to walk, play, and attend school. Thank you for helping me get this treatment.”

Mosses is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of seven children. Mosses has just completed his primary school educati...

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Mosses's Timeline

  • January 10, 2018

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

  • January 11, 2018

    Mosses was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • January 11, 2018

    Mosses's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Mosses is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Mosses's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Mosses'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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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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