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Success! Kiconco from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal.

Kiconco
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$187
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$0
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Fully funded
Kiconco's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2019.

Photo of Kiconco post-operation

October 3, 2019

Kiconco underwent a mass removal.

Kiconco underwent excision treatment due to ganglion cyst and it was successful. She is free from the disfigurement and hopes to have comfort as she wears shoes during duty. She will get good peace of mind.

Kiconco said, “I will continue to serve the nation since am a nurse but am so glad that I was funded among others because I was not able at this moment. May you be blessed.”

Kiconco underwent excision treatment due to ganglion cyst and it was successful. She is free from the disfigurement and hopes to have comfor...

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September 10, 2019

Kiconco is a nurse from Uganda. She is married and a mother of four children; three in primary school while the youngest still at home, her husband is a driver while she is a nurse at Nyakibale hospital. She has many dependents since she also cares for her sister’s children providing home necessities as well because their father has not been able to get work.

Kiconco was received with persistent painful growth over the dorsal aspect of her left foot for six months. She experiences pain and discomfort especially when she wears closed toe shoes.

Kiconco traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 10th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kiconco needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Kiconco says “I will be glad if at all my condition improves and I pray that may the good Lord bless you abundantly.”

Kiconco is a nurse from Uganda. She is married and a mother of four children; three in primary school while the youngest still at home, her ...

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Kiconco's Timeline

  • September 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kiconco 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.

  • September 13, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kiconco's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kiconco's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kiconco's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

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