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Success! Kengonzi from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision.

Kengonzi
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kengonzi's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2017.

Photo of Kengonzi post-operation

February 3, 2017

Kengonzi underwent a successful mass excision.

Thanks to this procedure, the swelling will stop growing, and she will be free of pain. After recovery, Kengonzi will be able to attend school.

Kengonzi’s stepmother says, “Kengonzi is well. It’s amazing! She wanted to be discharged the day after surgery. She is able to smile now and crack jokes, which were rare before treatment. I am happy because she will be able to study well…May God bless all those who have led to the success of Kengonzi’s surgery.”

Thanks to this procedure, the swelling will stop growing, and she will be free of pain. After recovery, Kengonzi will be able to attend scho...

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December 19, 2016

Kengonzi is a 13-year-old girl from Uganda. She has four siblings: three brothers and one sister. Her father is a trader dealing in fresh food. She is in primary school, and her best subjects are mathematics and science. In the future, she wants to be a nun.

Six months ago, Kengonzi developed a hard and painless swelling in her right breast. In November of 2016, her stepmother took her to the hospital, where she learned that the mass required surgery. They could not afford surgery, so they decided to use traditional medicines. Kengonzi’s symptoms did not improve.

“I am worried about my daughter because I don’t know what will come out of her swelling,” says Kengonsi’s stepmother. Without treatment, the mass could continue growing and become more painful.

Fortunately, Kengonzi visited our medical partner’s hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On December 21, Kengonzi will undergo a mass excision. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund this treatment. After surgery, Kengonzi hopes to work hard in class and get good grades.

Kengonzi is a 13-year-old girl from Uganda. She has four siblings: three brothers and one sister. Her father is a trader dealing in fresh fo...

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Kengonzi's Timeline

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kengonzi received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital 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 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kengonzi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kengonzi's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kengonzi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Kengonzi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$157
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$0
Labs
$16
  • 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 tumour), 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 tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment 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, discomfort, 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 the 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?

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.