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Mbarebaki from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal on his chest.

Mbarebaki
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mbarebaki's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2020.
February 2, 2021

Mbarebaki did not undergo a mass removal on his chest.

Our medical partner who has been helping Mbarebaki shared an update with us that we wanted to share with you right away. Mbarebaki was planning to have a mass removal, however when he arrived for surgery the surgeon felt that further tests were needed as he suspected cancer of the breast. Mbarebaki was asked to visit a nearby cancer institute for additional tests that are only available at that site. When the COVID pandemic arrived, his area has restrained movements so accessing the appropriate testing has been challenging. Our medical partner has asked that we support another patient in need in the meantime and should Mbarebaki still need surgery in the future, we will post his case again at that time. Thank you for your understanding.

Our medical partner who has been helping Mbarebaki shared an update with us that we wanted to share with you right away. Mbarebaki was plann...

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February 19, 2020

Mbarebaki is a teacher from Uganda. He is a married father to five children, all still studying. His wife is a private primary teacher and he is also a primary teacher. Mbarebaki says their income is salary-based, which they often do not receive in time to meet their monthly costs and by the time the payments come, they already have a huge sum of debts, especially for the school fees of their children.

Mbarebaki arrived at our care center with a left sided breast fibroadenoma, which he has experienced for two months’ now. He has pain and if not treated, the mass will continue to grow.

Mbarebaki traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 20th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mbarebaki needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Mbarebaki says, “I was humbled upon hearing about your program. I hope that I will have my surgery successfully under your support.”

Mbarebaki is a teacher from Uganda. He is a married father to five children, all still studying. His wife is a private primary teacher and h...

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Mbarebaki's Timeline

  • February 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mbarebaki was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 19, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mbarebaki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Mbarebaki was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 2, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Mbarebaki is no longer raising funds.

  • February 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mbarebaki's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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