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Success! Mwesigwa from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Mwesigwa
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mwesigwa's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2019.

Photo of Mwesigwa post-operation

December 7, 2018

Mwesigwa underwent a mass removal procedure.

Mwesigwa received a successful excision treatment. He will no longer experience negative symptoms.

Mwesigwa says, “I extend my appreciations to you for having thought of me to grant me this offer.”

Mwesigwa received a successful excision treatment. He will no longer experience negative symptoms. Mwesigwa says, “I extend my appreciat...

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November 26, 2018

Mwesigwa is a shoemaker from Uganda. He is married with ten children.

For 20 years, Mwesigwa has had a swelling on his shoulder. He cannot carry anything on his head or his shoulders.

Mwesigwa traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 27, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mwesigwa needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Mwesigwa says, “I am hopeful to receive a good surgery and I continue to hustle for survival through shoe making.”

Mwesigwa is a shoemaker from Uganda. He is married with ten children. For 20 years, Mwesigwa has had a swelling on his shoulder. He cann...

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Mwesigwa's Timeline

  • November 26, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mwesigwa was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 27, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mwesigwa 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.

  • November 28, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mwesigwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mwesigwa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 01, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mwesigwa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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