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Success! Ombeni from Tanzania raised $724 to fund mass excision surgery.

Ombeni
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  • $724 raised, $0 to go
$724
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ombeni's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2021.

Photo of Ombeni post-operation

April 2, 2021

Ombeni underwent mass excision surgery.

Ombeni had a successful surgery that removed the mass on his right hand. As a result of this surgery, Ombeni has been saved from the risk of the mass continuing to grow, leading to additional complications.

Ombeni’s mother shared, “We were very worried about the mass, but now that it has been removed we can raise him with peace of mind not worrying that the mass would put his life at risk. Thank you very much.”

Ombeni had a successful surgery that removed the mass on his right hand. As a result of this surgery, Ombeni has been saved from the risk of...

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February 15, 2021

Ombeni is a playful and friendly three-year-old boy and the youngest of four children in his family. Ombeni’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables. Things have been challenging financially for the family, and Ombeni’s father left home to make a living in Kenya selling belts and Maasai sandals.

When Ombeni was two months old, his mother noticed that he had a small swollen area on his right hand. He experiences redness and swelling that is worrisome for their family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $724 to fund surgery for Ombeni. On February 16th, surgeons will remove the mass.

Ombeni’s mother shared, “I am worried that if this problem is not treated it might worsen. Please help my son because the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford.”

Ombeni is a playful and friendly three-year-old boy and the youngest of four children in his family. Ombeni's parents are small-scale farmer...

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Ombeni's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ombeni 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.

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ombeni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ombeni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ombeni's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Ombeni'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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Bakandema

Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

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$65raised
$165to go

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