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Success! Komurere from Uganda raised $187 to fund mass removal surgery.

Komurere
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Komurere's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Komurere post-operation

August 17, 2017

Komurere underwent mass removal surgery.

Doctors performed a successful mass excision. This procedure will improve her quality of life, and she will be able to live without pain.

She says, “Thank you very much for paying for my surgery which I would never afford. May God bless you Watsi. I hope to continue caring for my family through cultivation.”

Doctors performed a successful mass excision. This procedure will improve her quality of life, and she will be able to live without pain. ...

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June 28, 2017

Komurere is a 63-year-old farmer and mother of six from Uganda.

Komurere has been living with a painful swelling on her left buttock for the past five years that has grown and become more painful over time. Komurere says that due to her condition, she feels uncomfortable and often experiences pain when sitting.

On June 29, Komurere will undergo mass removal surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund surgical materials, medication and three nights of hospital stay. After her recovery, Komurere will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.

Komurere says, “I hope to have peace of mind and continue with farming to make sure I care for the children I was left with by my husband.”

Komurere is a 63-year-old farmer and mother of six from Uganda. Komurere has been living with a painful swelling on her left buttock for...

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Komurere's Timeline

  • June 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Komurere 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.

  • August 08, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komurere's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Komurere's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Komurere'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 Komurere'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.