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Success! Lemayan from Tanzania raised $724 to fund a mass excision.

Lemayan
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$724
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$0
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Fully funded
Lemayan's treatment was fully funded on April 19, 2021.

Photo of Lemayan post-operation

April 12, 2021

Lemayan underwent a life-saving treatment.

Lemayan had a successful surgery to remove a mass around his left mandible that was causing him pain. He has other small masses around his body, but they were not as big as the one on the left mandible. The mass was taken for biopsy and the result showed he had tuberculosis. Lemayan has been started on medication that will help cure his tuberculosis, and with time will heal the small masses and prevent new once from appearing on his body.

Lemayan’s father shared, “Thank you for saving our son’s life by helping remove the mass that was causing him pain and finding the source of his problem. God bless you all.”

Lemayan had a successful surgery to remove a mass around his left mandible that was causing him pain. He has other small masses around his b...

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March 11, 2021

Lemayan is a seven-year-old boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of two children. He is a hardworking boy who helps look after his parents’ goats. Lemayan walks a long distance every day in search of green pasture and water for his father’s goats. His family comes from a region where the economic activity is livestock keeping; the region is not favorable for farming since it sees very little rainfall. Given the remoteness of the area and their lifestyle as nomadic livestock farmers, most of the children in the area are not able to go school and Lemayan has not had the chance to attend school.

One year ago, Lemayan developed a mass on his shoulder. From there, masses developed in different areas of his body. Of greatest concern at the moment, however, is a submandibular mass that is growing quickly. Lemayan experiences pain and discomfort.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lemayan receive treatment. Lemayan traveled to our medical partner’s care center and on March 12th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Lemayan needs help to raise $724 to fund the procedure.

Lemayan’s mother shared, “finding money to take our son the hospital was a big challenge and that’s why we have not been able to take him. Kindly help my son.”

Lemayan is a seven-year-old boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of two children. He is a hardworking boy who helps look aft...

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Lemayan's Timeline

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lemayan received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • March 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lemayan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lemayan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lemayan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Lemayan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
Other
$35
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.