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Success! Niwabiine from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal surgery.

Niwabiine
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$196
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$0
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Fully funded
Niwabiine's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Niwabiine post-operation

April 9, 2021

Niwabiine underwent a mass removal surgery.

Niwabiine underwent a surgical excision following her diagnosis of a left axillary lipoma. She’s recovered well and her chances of further complications have been greatly reduced, bringing her peace of mind.

With a smiling face, Niwabiine shared, “for us in our Bakiga Culture, we normally say thank you, thank you and thank you so much. We say it three times as a symbol of appreciation. May the Lord bless you abundantly in whatever you do and I hope to continue with farming.”

Niwabiine underwent a surgical excision following her diagnosis of a left axillary lipoma. She's recovered well and her chances of further c...

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March 8, 2021

Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family.

For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH’s care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”

Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost he...

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Niwabiine's Timeline

  • March 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Niwabiine was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Niwabiine received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Niwabiine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Niwabiine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Niwabiine's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Niwabiine'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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