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Sinzo from Tanzania raised $724 to fund a tumor removal.

Sinzo
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  • $724 raised, $0 to go
$724
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sinzo's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sinzo post-operation

December 6, 2020

Sinzo underwent a tumor removal.

Sinzo’s surgery went well to remove a mass on her side. Through this treatment, Sinzo is now able to enjoy playing and is even able to play with other children and friends without her mother fearing that she might be hurt or discriminated. This surgery also save’s Sinzo from the pain and suffering she was going through. She is now able to sleep well, and move and turn without any limitation.

Sinzo’s mother says, “You will always have a special place in my heart, I find it hard sometimes to believe that the mass is now gone. It feels like a dream but it’s real. Thank you very much and God shall bless you all.”

Sinzo’s surgery went well to remove a mass on her side. Through this treatment, Sinzo is now able to enjoy playing and is even able to play ...

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October 7, 2020

Sinzo is a cheerful girl from Tanzania. She is seven years old and is the youngest in her family of seven children. Her parents separately when she was about three years old and she has been living with her mother ever since.

Sinzo has a mass on the left side of her chest, which has caused her pain, and she shared makes her feel sad and crying when the pain starts. When she is not feeling the pain, she always wants to help her mother with home chores like washing dishes and cooking. Sinzo also wants to play with other kids, but from past experiences her mother says other kids pick on her and most of the time hurt her, so she prefers she stay home. She said she does this trying to protect her from the discrimination she is going through. Due to this her mother also decided not to take her to school since she doesn’t want her daughter to be discriminated against.

Sinzo’s condition is congenital as her mother shared that she was born with a small swelling on the left side of her chest too. The doctors at the local hospital where she was delivered advised them not to worry and give her time to grow so that they can see if there is a need for surgery. When she was two years old, her mass had grown significantly and made Sinzo really uncomfortable and caused her a lot of pain. Her mother tried to ask Sinzo’s father to find means to take her to hospital, but she shared that the father never showed any plans or took action.

Sinzo’s mother kept asking for the father’s support, but this lead to violence in their family and eventually Sinzo’s mother decided to leave her husband’s home. She left with Sinzo and moved back to her parents’ home.

Sinzo’s mother depends on small-scale farming to be able to support herself and her daughter. Sinzo’s mother says she has tried seeking help for her daughter from their local hospital but they were sent to the referral hospital and with very little income she has never been able to do so. Through our Medical Partner’s outreach team, they learned of Sinzo’s condition and helped connect her to treatment. She has now been scheduled for surgery and her mother is requesting funding support.

Sinzo’s mother says, “It hurts me to see my daughter in this state, please help fund my daughter’s treatment cost as I am not able to find such an amount of money.”

Sinzo is a cheerful girl from Tanzania. She is seven years old and is the youngest in her family of seven children. Her parents separately w...

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Sinzo's Timeline

  • October 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sinzo was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 8, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sinzo received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • October 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinzo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sinzo's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 6, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Sinzo. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Sinzo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
Other
$35
  • 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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