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

Muhumuza
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Muhumuza's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Muhumuza post-operation

March 2, 2018

Muhumuza underwent a mass removal procedure.

The excision on his left toe was successful. He is no longer at risk of pain and discomfort walking to school. After recovery, he will be able to attend school daily.

Muhumuza says, “I feel good. I am excited that after recovery I will be able to walk to school daily and I hope my performance at the end of the term will improve. Also, I will be able to play my football again. Thank you very much for the help you’ve given me.”

The excision on his left toe was successful. He is no longer at risk of pain and discomfort walking to school. After recovery, he will be ab...

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February 13, 2018

Muhumuza is a young student from Uganda. He is the first born out of three children. He is in grade five and is being looked after by his grandmother, who is a farmer.

In September 2017, Muhumuza developed a swelling on his big toe. The swelling is increasing in size and has started discharging pus and causing him a lot of pain.

Muhumuza traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Muhumuza needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

His grandmother says, “My grandson’s condition needs surgery but I am unable to pay for his surgery.’’

Muhumuza is a young student from Uganda. He is the first born out of three children. He is in grade five and is being looked after by his gr...

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Muhumuza's Timeline

  • February 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Muhumuza was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • February 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muhumuza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muhumuza received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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 02, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muhumuza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muhumuza's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Muhumuza'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.