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Mbarebaki is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who needs $196 to fund hand surgery.

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February 21, 2021

Mbarebaki is an elderly gentleman from Uganda and the father of six grown children. While he used to be a carpenter, he stopped practicing this trade as he grew older and now is a small-scale farmer. For the past eight years, he has struggled with exostosis, which is the benign growth of a new bone on top of an existing one, in his right fingers. The growth has not only disfigured his right fingers, but it also causes him pain and prevents him from fully utilizes his fingers.

After an examination at a local hospital, surgery was recommended for Mbarebaki. Our Medical Partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mbarebaki to receive surgery to remove this mass and needs help raising $196 to fund his surgery.

Mbarebaki is looking forward to his surgery. He said, “my hand is my first tool to work, and once my fingers are affected, then my work is affected. Yet I am the sole provider to my family. I hope to be treated to continue providing for my family.”

Mbarebaki is an elderly gentleman from Uganda and the father of six grown children. While he used to be a carpenter, he stopped practicing t...

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Mbarebaki's Timeline

  • February 21, 2021

    Mbarebaki was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • February 24, 2021

    Mbarebaki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2021

    Mbarebaki 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.

  • April 2, 2021

    Awaiting Mbarebaki's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Mbarebaki is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Mbarebaki's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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