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Success! Baguma from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal on his back.

Baguma
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Baguma's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2021.

Photo of Baguma post-operation

November 26, 2020

Baguma underwent a mass removal on his back.

Baguma had a successful excision treatment due to a lipoma on his back. He is doing well with no pain and is relieved that his disfigurement is gone. He will be able to sleep on his back, and have an improved quality of life. He’s eager to continue with his business of operating a small shop.

Baguma shared, “I appreciate the efforts put in place to restore my health by supporting my surgery. I hope to continue with my business when stable.”

Baguma had a successful excision treatment due to a lipoma on his back. He is doing well with no pain and is relieved that his disfigurement...

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September 7, 2020

Baguma is a small businessman from Uganda. He is a married father to two children, both studying in preschool. He studied and completed school to senior four but never proceed due to lack of school fee. He first worked as a construction site porter for three years until he got some capital to start up a small retail shop from which he currently earns a living from. His wife is a small scale farmer and he shared that he normally grows food crops for home consumption only because the land she cultivates is rented since they have no land of their own as a family. His family lives in a double roomed rental house where they use the front side as the business premises and the back one for accommodation.

Baguma arrived at the hospital with a back swelling that he has had for three years now. He consistently has pain when the lifts anything heavy.

Fortunately, Baguma traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 8th, surgeons will remove his mass. Now, Baguma needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Baguma shared: “I will be relieved from the long-standing pain I have had over the years and continue keeping my shop to sustain my family after I have fully recovered.”

Baguma is a small businessman from Uganda. He is a married father to two children, both studying in preschool. He studied and completed scho...

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Baguma's Timeline

  • September 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Baguma 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.

  • September 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Baguma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Baguma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Baguma's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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