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Success! Jayden from Tanzania raised $724 to fund removing a cystic mass on his head.

  • $724 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Jayden's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2020.

Photo of Jayden post-operation

November 26, 2020

Jayden underwent removal of a cystic mass on his head.

Jayden had a successful surgery that has helped remove the mass that was growing on his head. His family is relieved that through this surgery Jayden will not grow up with lower self-esteem or be discriminated due to the mass. And most importantly it has helped save him from any complication in the future.

Jayden’s mother shared, “Thank you so much for helping fund my son’s treatment cost. The mass has been safely removed and he is doing great. Thank you once more!”

Jayden had a successful surgery that has helped remove the mass that was growing on his head. His family is relieved that through this surge...

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September 2, 2020

Jayden is a 2-month-old baby from Tanzania. Jayden has an older sister who is five years old and she loves to be close to Jayden most of the time. Jayden’s father works as a driver in public transport while his mother sells food during the day at the local market. They shared that their income is not much but it enables them to make ends meet.

Jayden was born a healthy baby but after two weeks, his mother noticed he had a swelling on his head. The mass is increasing in size and may cause him pain and discomfort, and become more serious if not treated.

Jayden traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jayden needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure.

Jayden’s mother says, “We would love our baby to have this surgery but we are unable to afford the cost. We are concerned if we keep waiting it could lead to complications later on. Please help.”

Jayden is a 2-month-old baby from Tanzania. Jayden has an older sister who is five years old and she loves to be close to Jayden most of the...

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Jayden's Timeline

  • September 2, 2020

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

  • September 03, 2020

    Jayden's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 07, 2020

    Jayden received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • November 26, 2020

    Jayden's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 25, 2020

    Jayden's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Jayden'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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process 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 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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Pendo is a twenty-one-year-old mother from Tanzania. She has two children aged two and a half years and one and a half years. In 2018, Pendo was involved in a fire accident. She had boiled water to give her two children warm baths. As she was bathing the youngest child close to the fire, she had an epileptic attack and fell down on the fire, leaving her unconscious and her right hand burned badly. Her firstborn child ran for help, and the neighbors rushed her to the hospital. There, Pendo had her burns cleaned and was advised to have them regularly dressed to help the wounds heal. However, after returning home, she never came back for more dressings due to financial challenges. Pendo sought treatment via herbal medicines instead, and her healing process was very slow. Eventually, Pendo's parents came to help take care of her and her children. She heard about our medical partner's care center from them, and sought treatment to correct her hand. Through Watsi donor support, Pendo was able to successfully undergo treatment to have her wrist contractures released and pins inserted in her hand. Because of how her wounds are healing, doctors recommend she have another surgery to help cover up her post-surgical wound with a skin graft. Pendo appeals for financial help for the care she needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Pendo receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a split-thickness skin graft burn surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to use her hand much more easily and return to taking care of her children. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pendo shared, “My hand is now much better than before, though this wound is not healing well. This surgery will help in my healing, but I cannot afford it so I appreciate any help you can provide."

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