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Elick is a banana farmer from Uganda who needs $137 to fund life-changing mass removal surgery.

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December 29, 2021

Elick is a farmer and a father of four children with two sons and two daughters. One of his sons is a policeman, while the other is a nurse. All of his daughters are married and work in small-scale farming. Elick also earns a living from small-scale agriculture alongside his wife on their banana farm. However, the current climate in Uganda has not been as suitable for farming, which has lessened their yields and income. Elick loves listening to the radio while grazing goats after work.

For the last eight months, Elick has had a swelling on his neck, which causes periodic headaches, the feeling of pins and needles, and sharp pain whenever he sleeps on his back. When he first visited a hospital, doctors gave him pain medication to help manage the pain but advised him to see a surgeon. After running tests, his condition was diagnosed as an infra occipital lipoma, which requires surgical treatment to heal.

Fortunately, Elick was able to travel to the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), to receive treatment. On January 4th, surgeons will remove the mass. AMH is requesting $137 to fund this procedure.

Elick shared, “I can’t wait for the day I will be free from this pain and get my life back together.”

Elick is a farmer and a father of four children with two sons and two daughters. One of his sons is a policeman, while the other is a nurse....

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Elick's Timeline

  • December 29, 2021

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

  • January 4, 2022

    Elick was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 4, 2022

    Elick's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Elick is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Elick's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Elick'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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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