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Success! Namukasa from Uganda raised $196 to fund surgery that will improve her ability to use her hands.

Namukasa
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Namukasa's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2020.

Photo of Namukasa post-operation

December 23, 2020

Namukasa underwent surgery that will improve her ability to use her hands.

Namukasa had a successful excision treatment for her ganglionic cyst over both wrists. She feels well and is happy to not have further disfigurement on her hands. She is looking forward to doing better in her business and being able to do more things that she has not been able to - like washing clothes, washing utensils, and the rest of her daily tasks. She is relieved to be able to live an improved life after her recovery.

Namukasa told us, “I have appreciated the support given to me as it was not possible for me to have it without you. I will be able to continue operating my small shop.”

Namukasa had a successful excision treatment for her ganglionic cyst over both wrists. She feels well and is happy to not have further disfi...

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October 20, 2020

Namukasa is a shopkeeper from Uganda. She is a 24-year-old woman from western Uganda.

Ten years ago, Namukasa developed swellings on the back of her wrists. The masses have grown in size and become painful over time. She experiences pain and is unable to use her hands fully whenever she is doing domestic chores.

Namukasa was reviewed and diagnosed with a posterior cystic mass that requires excision. With full recovery, Namukasa will be able to use her hands with less pain. The mother of two operates a small retail shop while her husband is a bodaboda rider. The family lives in a single-roomed house as they are not able to afford a bigger house. They are not able to meet the cost of surgery required and thus appeal for help.

Namukasa traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Namukasa needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Namukasa shared, “I will be glad to be supported for the surgery and hope to continue with my shop after I have fully recovered to sustain my family.”

Namukasa is a shopkeeper from Uganda. She is a 24-year-old woman from western Uganda. Ten years ago, Namukasa developed swellings on the...

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Namukasa's Timeline

  • October 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Namukasa 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.

  • October 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Namukasa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Namukasa's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Namukasa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Namukasa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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