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Success! Kawembabazi from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision surgery.

Kawembabazi
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kawembabazi's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2017.

Photo of Kawembabazi post-operation

August 25, 2017

Kawembabazi underwent a mass excision surgery.

Kawembabazi’s surgery was a success. She is no longer going to experience pain and discomfort. After recovery she will be able to concentrate in class.

She says, “After recovery I will concentrate in class so that I can get better grades that can get me into nursing school; I want become a nurse. I am excited about my recovery. Thank you so much Watsi for paying for my surgery.”

Kawembabazi’s surgery was a success. She is no longer going to experience pain and discomfort. After recovery she will be able to concentrat...

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June 27, 2017

Kawembabazi is a 20-year-old student from Uganda. She has eight siblings, and her parents are farmers who cultivate food both for home consumption and for sale. In the future, Kawembabazi hopes to become a nurse.

In December 2016, Kawembabazi felt a mass in her left breast. She shared her concern with her parents, however they didn’t pay it much attention because the mass was not painful. In May 2017, our medical partner’s care center ordered a scan and diagnosed Kawembabazi with a fibroadenoma, a noncancerous breast tumor. She was advised to have surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent the mass from growing and developing a malignancy of any sort.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund mass excision surgery for Kawembabazi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Kawembabazi to live more comfortably.

Kawembabazi says, “After surgery I will have peace of mind because I am worried it might be cancerous.”

Kawembabazi is a 20-year-old student from Uganda. She has eight siblings, and her parents are farmers who cultivate food both for home consu...

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Kawembabazi's Timeline

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kawembabazi was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kawembabazi received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kawembabazi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kawembabazi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kawembabazi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Kawembabazi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$157
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$0
Labs
$16
  • 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 tumour), 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 tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment 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, discomfort, 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 the 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?

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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