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Success! Grace from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal.

Grace
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2020.

Photo of Grace post-operation

December 9, 2019

Grace underwent a mass removal.

Komuhangi received a successful excision treatment due to an occipital lipoma and she now relived from the disfigurement and the discomfort. She will live a better quality of life after fully recovering.

Komuhangi says, “I really appreciate the support that I have received because I couldn’t afford my surgery on my own. Glory be to God and may the Lord bless the donors. I will continue with cultivation.”

Komuhangi received a successful excision treatment due to an occipital lipoma and she now relived from the disfigurement and the discomfort....

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November 11, 2019

Grace is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has been having a progressively increasing occipital neck mass for the past two months. The painful mass makes her days and nights very uncomfortable and she is not able to attend to her daily duties. She opted to come to the hospital after the pain persisted. Following a scan, she was diagnosed with the occipital lipoma and a mass excision recommended.

Grace is a peasant farmer while her husband operates a small butchery. Their combined income is negligible to afford the cost of surgery and meet other daily needs. She also cares for her elderly mother making it harder for her to afford the cost for all her demands. Grace appeals for help.

Grace traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 12, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Grace needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Grace says, “I hope to continue with cultivation after surgery.”

Grace is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has been having a progressively increasing occipital neck mass for the past two months. The painfu...

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Grace's Timeline

  • November 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • November 20, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 09, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 06, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.