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Success! Agnes from Uganda raised $137 to fund surgery to remove a painful mass.

Agnes
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  • $137 raised, $0 to go
$137
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Agnes's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2022.

Photo of Agnes post-operation

July 15, 2022

Agnes underwent surgery to remove a painful mass.

Agnes needed an excision surgery but could not afford the cost. With funding from Watsi donors, she was able to undergo surgery and is already back home and in good health! She is grateful for the support offered.

Agnes shared: “These days it’s very hard to get money for surgery as everything is very expensive. Thank you for funding my surgery. I will now be able to continue earning a living and in good health!”

Agnes needed an excision surgery but could not afford the cost. With funding from Watsi donors, she was able to undergo surgery and is alrea...

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May 16, 2022

Agnes is a 74-year-old farmer who has been a widow since 1998. She is a mother of eight children who now are all married and practice small-scale farming to earn a living.

For ten years, Agnes has had an extremely painful mass (lipoma) on her left arm, this has largely preventing her from being able to do a lot of work. When she came to Nyakibale Hospital, she was happy to learn that she could finally get the mass removed.

On May 17th, Agnes will undergo surgery and now she needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Agnes shared: “At my old age, I could never afford the money for any surgery. This condition keeps me from working and since I lost my husband my standards of living are poor. Through your support, I shall gain my ability to fend for myself through farming.”

Agnes is a 74-year-old farmer who has been a widow since 1998. She is a mother of eight children who now are all married and practice small-...

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Agnes's Timeline

  • May 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Agnes was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Agnes 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Agnes's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Agnes's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Agnes's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Agnes's treatment
Hospital Fees
$38
Medical Staff
$23
Medication
$3
Supplies
$30
Labs
$30
Other
$13
  • 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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