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Success! Hillary from Uganda raised $137 to fund surgery to remove a painful mass on his ear.

Hillary
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  • $137 raised, $0 to go
$137
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Hillary's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

Photo of Hillary post-operation

September 6, 2022

Hillary underwent surgery to remove a painful mass on his ear.

Hillary had a mass excised at our medical partner’s Nyakibale Hospital. He is finally free from the swelling that has troubled him for years and is now comfortable. He is grateful for the support offered.

Hillary says, “Thank you for supporting my treatment! I feel free and will soon resume my day-to-day work.”

Hillary had a mass excised at our medical partner's Nyakibale Hospital. He is finally free from the swelling that has troubled him for years...

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May 9, 2022

Hillary is a 26-year-old salesman from southwest Uganda. He is the first born in a family of three and the only one who has completed his education. He graduated with a diploma in business management and currently works on commission as a salesman. He has to stretch his earned commission to help his mother pay for his younger siblings’ school fees. His mother is a primary school teacher.

Hillary has been living with a swelling on his left ear since he was seven years. The swelling was not painful enough to seek treatment. However, he has always avoided sleeping on his left side. Recently, the swell has become painful and so he finally came to Nyakibale Hospital for review. Doctors shared that he needs an excision to remove the mass, but Hillary is not able to raise the funds needed on his own.

On May 10th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Hillary needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Hillary says: “I hope to have this swelling removed so that I can be able to lead a normal lifestyle again.”

Hillary is a 26-year-old salesman from southwest Uganda. He is the first born in a family of three and the only one who has completed his ed...

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Hillary's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hillary was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hillary received 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.

  • May 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hillary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hillary's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hillary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Hillary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$38
Medical Staff
$23
Medication
$3
Supplies
$30
Labs
$30
Other
$13
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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