Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Byamugisha from Uganda raised $187 to fund mandibular keloid treatment.

Byamugisha
100%
  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Byamugisha's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2020.

Photo of Byamugisha post-operation

May 19, 2020

Byamugisha underwent keloid treatment.

Byamugisha had received a successful surgery to remove a large mandibular keloid. He had a partial keloid removal as the surgeon explained that it was not possible to remove the entire keloid that he has as there would be too high of a risk of over bleeding. Having been not possible to remove every keloid, the surgeon decided to remove the large, extensive keloid with active bleeding to relieve Byamugisha from the burden he had and poorer quality of life. This has helped him to have less disfigurement with at least improved quality of life, however he will likely stay with the remaining keloid as advised by the surgeon for his safety.

Byamugisha told us, “I thank the program for the removal of these keloids, mostly the one that was hanging and actively bleeding that had affected my life; living in misery as if I was cursed. But I thank you for relieving me from such and I surely cannot thank you enough but just to wish you God’s blessings.”

Byamugisha had received a successful surgery to remove a large mandibular keloid. He had a partial keloid removal as the surgeon explained t...

Read more
March 31, 2020

Byamugisha is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He was once married but separated ten years ago due to overgrowth of keloids, which she was not pleased with. They have one child together who is in school studying, but being supported by relatives as Byamugisha is not working. Byamugisha is not settled in his mind and he feels helpless because he is laughed at by everyone in public places and as a result, he now avoids going out.

Byamugisha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Byamugisha needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Byamugisha says, “I don’t know how much I will praise the Lord once I am relieved of this condition.”

Byamugisha is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He was once married but separated ten years ago due to overgrowth of keloids, which she was ...

Read more

Byamugisha's Timeline

  • March 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 02, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Byamugisha 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.

  • April 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Byamugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Byamugisha's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 19, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Byamugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Byamugisha'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.