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Success! Turyasingura from Uganda raised $196 to fund removal of a lump from her breast.

Turyasingura
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded on February 8, 2021.

Photo of Turyasingura post-operation

February 19, 2021

Turyasingura underwent removal of a lump from her breast.

With an indication of breast fibroadrenoma, Turyasingura received an excision treatment and her surgery went very well. She shared that she is now feeling really well and happy to be heading home from the hospital. She no longer feels pain like she used to do before and is improving even more with the pain medication as she heals.

Turyasingura said, “I really can’t thank you enough but I am really grateful for the great work you have done for me, may the Lord bless the work of your hands.”

With an indication of breast fibroadrenoma, Turyasingura received an excision treatment and her surgery went very well. She shared that she ...

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January 20, 2021

Turyasingura is a 22-year-old farmer. She is married and a mother to one child in the first grade. Turyasingura wasn’t able to proceed with school herself after completing senior four due to lack of school fees. She stayed at home farming until she got married, and she and her husband both currently make a living by farming. They grow food crops for home consumption and sell off the remaining amount to support their family.

Turyasingura presented with a painful solid mass in her left breast. The mass is painful upon touch, and needs to be removed. Fortunately, she traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 26th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Turyasingura needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Turyasingura shared, “I have hope that all will be well and I expect a better life and health after I have fully recovered.”

Turyasingura is a 22-year-old farmer. She is married and a mother to one child in the first grade. Turyasingura wasn't able to proceed with ...

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Turyasingura's Timeline

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Turyasingura 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 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Turyasingura's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 08, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Turyasingura's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Turyasingura's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.