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Success! Njebela from Tanzania raised $689 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Njebela
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  • $689 raised, $0 to go
$689
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Njebela's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2018.

Photo of Njebela post-operation

April 11, 2018

Njebela underwent a mass removal procedure.

Njebela’s surgery went well. He has now healed completely, but he keeps receiving regular steroids injections to prevent the keloids from reoccurring.

Njebela says, “I feel like a new person, I am more confident and I do not feel embarrassed as I used to when people would ask what happened to me and why my neck was that way. Thank you so much.”

Njebela’s surgery went well. He has now healed completely, but he keeps receiving regular steroids injections to prevent the keloids from re...

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March 4, 2018

Njebela is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. He completed grade seven and now helps his parents with farm work. When he can, Njebela enjoys playing soccer.

Njebela has a keloid, or a mass of scar tissue, on the back of his neck. It has been there since he was a small child. It itches and sometimes grows painful.

Njebela traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Njebela needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Njebela is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. He completed grade seven and now helps his parents with ...

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Njebela's Timeline

  • March 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Njebela was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • March 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Njebela received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Njebela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Njebela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Njebela's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Njebela's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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.