Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Ivona is a toddler from Tanzania who needs $689 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Ivona
85%
  • $592 raised, $97 to go
$592
raised
$97
to go
Dedicate my donation


We'll send your dedicatee an email
about your gift, along with updates
about Ivona's recovery.

July 26, 2019

Ivona is a baby from Tanzania. Early last month, Ivona’s mother noticed a small swelling on her neck. Her neck mass was increasing in size and causing her pain.

Ivona traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 29, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ivona’s family needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Ivona’s father says, “Please help us fund her treatment cost we have no means of coming up with this kind of money.”

Ivona is a baby from Tanzania. Early last month, Ivona’s mother noticed a small swelling on her neck. Her neck mass was increasing in size a...

Read more

Ivona's Timeline

  • July 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ivona 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.

  • August 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ivona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Ivona's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ivona is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Ivona's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.