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Success! Jolly from Uganda raised $137 to fund a mass removal surgery.

Jolly
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  • $137 raised, $0 to go
$137
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jolly's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2022.

Photo of Jolly post-operation

April 11, 2022

Jolly underwent a mass removal surgery.

Jolly successfully underwent surgery to remove a lipoma. She is now free from pain, the disfigurement is no more, she is able to walk, and with an improved quality of life, she will be able to resume farming to sustain her family.

Jolly shared: “Thanks so much for giving me a chance of walking well again. I have always been living in pain to the extent that I had even stopped working. May the Lord bless you.”

Jolly successfully underwent surgery to remove a lipoma. She is now free from pain, the disfigurement is no more, she is able to walk, and w...

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March 1, 2022

Jolly is 53-year-old farmer and a married mother of five children. She has three sons and two daughters. Jolly’s daughters are teachers while two of her sons are drivers and the youngest son still in school. Jolly earns a living from small-scale farming while her husband is a fisherman. Their shared income helps meet their family’s daily needs.

For the last two years, Jolly has suffered swelling in her left foot from an injury she sustained. The swelling continues to grow in size and becomes increasingly painful when Jolly is walking. Doctors at Nyakibale Hospital diagnosed Jolly with a lipoma that requires removal to help her heal. On March 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass and our medical partners at African Mission Healthcare are helping Jolly raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Jolly shared, “I believe that I’ll get better and be able to resume my farm activities to support my family once I’ve fully recovered.”

Jolly is 53-year-old farmer and a married mother of five children. She has three sons and two daughters. Jolly's daughters are teachers whil...

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Jolly's Timeline

  • March 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jolly was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jolly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jolly received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • March 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jolly's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jolly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Jolly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$38
Medical Staff
$23
Medication
$3
Supplies
$30
Labs
$30
Other
$13
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 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?

Alternatives depend on the type of tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.