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Success! Amumpaire from Uganda raised $206 to fund a mass removal on her neck.

  • $206 raised, $0 to go
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Amumpaire's treatment was fully funded on December 12, 2020.

Photo of Amumpaire post-operation

July 8, 2020

Amumpaire underwent a mass removal on her neck.

Amumpaire had an excision treatment and it was successful. She no longer has a mass on her neck and is no longer experiencing pain or discomfort. Her mother is extremely happy seeing that her daughter is like a new person who will have an improved quality of life. She will grow up as a happy and healthy child without being teased.

Amumpaire’s mother shared, “I never knew that my daughter would be treated and become like this. Thanks Watsi for supporting her surgery. I don’t know what to say except to wish you all the best in your endeavors. My daughter will resume school once she is well.”

Amumpaire had an excision treatment and it was successful. She no longer has a mass on her neck and is no longer experiencing pain or discom...

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May 18, 2020

Amumpaire is a 4-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of two children to her parents. She has started school and Amumpaire prefers playing to anything else. Her father is a mechanic and repairs vehicles to earn a living. Her mother practices small-scale farming to provide food to the family.

Amumpaire was brought by her mother with anterior and progressive swelling on her neck since birth. This has disfigured her neck and it is protruding which causes discomfort.

Amumpaire traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Amumpaire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure.

Amumpaire’s mom says, “I can’t wait to see my child without this condition on her neck. I will surely be happy and can continue with farming as I care for our family.”

Amumpaire is a 4-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of two children to her parents. She has started school and Amumpaire prefers...

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Amumpaire's Timeline

  • May 18, 2020

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

  • May 18, 2020

    Amumpaire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2020

    Amumpaire 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.

  • July 08, 2020

    Amumpaire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 12, 2020

    Amumpaire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Amumpaire's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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