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Beatrice is a mom-of-8 from Kenya who needs $554 to fund a mass removal.

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June 8, 2020

Beatrice is a 70 year old woman who is married with 8 children (4 sons and 4 daughters). They have all needed to drop out of school due to financial problems and started working. All are now married with spouses and are living on limited income, hand to mouth.

Beatrice is farms maize and beans for home use. Her husband is aged and a casual laborer. He takes care of his few miraa plants at his home. During the rainy season, he earns little funds to support his wife as well as himself. They have a timber house where they live.

Beatrice’s thigh started swelling 2 years ago. The mass progressed, leading her to go to a general hospital to seek treatment. She was given some antibiotics and pain medication. The condition improved hence reducing pain. However last month, the condition recurred and she came to our partner hospital for further treatment. After an x-ray, the doctor has recommended an excision. They have shared that they cannot afford the treatment, at a cost of $554 and request support. Beatrice said,’’ I will really appreciate if I am supported with my treatment.’’

Beatrice is a 70 year old woman who is married with 8 children (4 sons and 4 daughters). They have all needed to drop out of school due to f...

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Beatrice's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 09, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Beatrice was scheduled to receive treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • June 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Beatrice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Beatrice is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Beatrice's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $554 for Beatrice's treatment
Hospital Fees
$410
Medical Staff
$2
Medication
$19
Supplies
$103
Labs
$20
  • 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 (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). 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 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 considered high-risk.

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 monitoring the mass would be one option.

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Hla

Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township of Karen State in Burma. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she has a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer and received blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she has a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and was told to only take it when she is in pain. Currently, Hla suffers from back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. Doctors want Hla to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Hla's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 14th. Hla said, “I feel very stressed that I don’t have money to seek treatment. I hope that I will get better once I receive proper treatment.”

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