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Katwiire is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who needs $206 to fund surgery to remove a mass on her back.

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June 22, 2020

Katwiire is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widowed mother to five children, all of which are still in school. She grows food crops to feed her family and sells the surplus to generate income.

Katwiire has experienced swelling on her back for the past three years. She experiences a lot of discomfort and cannot sleep on the side of the mass. She traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 23, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Katwiire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure.

Katwiire shared, “I hope that my health will improve after surgery so that I can sleep comfortably because this condition had really given me sleepless nights.”

Katwiire is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widowed mother to five children, all of which are still in school. She grows food crops to feed h...

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Katwiire's Timeline

  • June 22, 2020

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

  • June 22, 2020

    Katwiire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2020

    Katwiire was scheduled to receive 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.


    Katwiire is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Katwiire's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Katwiire'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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