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Success! Shallon from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal on her chest.

Shallon
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shallon's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2020.

Photo of Shallon post-operation

February 26, 2020

Shallon underwent a mass removal on her chest.

Nayebare successfully underwent an excision treatment due to fibroadenoma. She is now doing well with reduced pain and she thanks everyone for having restored her health.

Nayebare says, “Thanks so much for what you have done for me and may the Lord bless you abundantly. I will continue with cultivation and weaving baskets.”

Nayebare successfully underwent an excision treatment due to fibroadenoma. She is now doing well with reduced pain and she thanks everyone f...

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January 21, 2020

Shallon is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has a left breast lump that had been persistently painful for the past two years. She worried it would be cancerous and was diagnosed with left breast fibroadenoma and an excision surgery was recommended.

Shallon has a younger sister who is in school. Unfortunately, she was not able to proceed with her high school education after her father’s demise. To earn a living, Shallon practices small scale farming and basket weaving. She is not able to afford the cost of surgery and appeals for help.

Shallon traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 22nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Shallon needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Shallon says, “I will be grateful having achieved my surgery under your support.”

Shallon is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has a left breast lump that had been persistently painful for the past two years. She worried it...

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Shallon's Timeline

  • January 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shallon was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shallon 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.

  • January 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shallon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shallon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shallon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Rin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years, and have two children together. His wife works in a factory, and his children are all in school. He works long hours, and raises chickens for additional income. He enjoys cooking for his family in his free time. Rin had a work accident and has an open fracture on left forearm. He went to a local hospital for an open reduction internal fixation and skin graft, but the surgery did not help him feel better. He has now come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC because the fracture is still impacting him in a challenging way. He cannot use his fingers and has pain when he tries to work with this hand. One year ago, he was dragged under a vehicle and fractured his left forearm. He went to a local hospital and was operated on, but the fracture did not heal properly. He still experiences chronic pain from his injury, and he cannot move his hand. His family has lost their primary source of income since he cannot work, and he is worried about being able to support them. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After the surgery, he will be able move his wrist and hand, and return to work. Rin said, "I am proud of my work and I want to work so I can support my family. My hand is in pain all the time, but I really hope that this surgery is enough for me to keep working."

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$165raised
$300to go

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