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Success! Kiiza from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal.

Kiiza
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kiiza's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2021.

Photo of Kiiza post-operation

April 5, 2021

Kiiza underwent a mass removal.

Kiiza underwent a successful excision surgery for a supraumbilical cystic mass. She hopes to fully recover in the coming days and is happy to be heading home feeling well.

Kiiza shared, “Those who made my surgery possible, I appreciate you so much. I really thank you and may the Lord bless the works of your hand.”

Kiiza underwent a successful excision surgery for a supraumbilical cystic mass. She hopes to fully recover in the coming days and is happy t...

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March 1, 2021

Kiiza is an elderly woman and mother of five children. She has been working as a farmer all her life from which she has been able to raise her children. Kiiza lost her husband in 2000. She is now growing older and from time to time relies on her children to help her meet daily needs. Her children are not in any formal employment, making it hard for them to earn a living and cater for their mother’s medical bills.

Kiiza has had pain from supraumbilical swelling for the past two years. The swelling limits her from engaging in strenuous activities. She had not been to any hospital but when she heard of the surgical program in Nyakibale Hospital, she came hoping for treatment. The surgeon recommended a mass excision to remove her cystic mass. However, Kiiza is afraid that the cost is too high for her. She appeals for help to raise $187 to fund her procedure.

Kiiza says “I only wish my pain is relieved after the surgery so that I can continue with a more comfortable life.”

Kiiza is an elderly woman and mother of five children. She has been working as a farmer all her life from which she has been able to raise h...

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Kiiza's Timeline

  • March 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kiiza 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.

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kiiza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kiiza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kiiza's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Kiiza'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.