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Success! Komugisha from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision procedure.

Komugisha
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Komugisha's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2021.

Photo of Komugisha post-operation

March 23, 2021

Komugisha underwent a mass excision procedure.

Komugisha received an excision treatment for the mass growing inside her lower lip. After the procedure, she reported that she was already feeling much better.

Komugisha shared with us, “God bless you so much for making my surgery possible because I had struggled to get money for my surgery but had failed. I’m now so happy to see that am fine and in good health free from the disfigurement I had. I plan to continue selling clothes and get back to farming once I am home and have fully recovered.”

Komugisha received an excision treatment for the mass growing inside her lower lip. After the procedure, she reported that she was already f...

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January 11, 2021

Komugisha is a 47-year-old businesswoman from Uganda. She is a single mother to two children who are both still in school - one is in senior three, while the other is in senior six. She separated with her husband due to domestic violence problems. Komugisha currently earns a living from selling secondhand clothes, but also does farming sometimes to help support her children with school fees.

For the last month, Komugisha has had a growing mass on the inside of her lower lip. It causes her pain and discomfort with daily activities like eating and talking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on January 12th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove the mass from her lip. This procedure will cost $196, and she needs help raising money.

Komugisha shared, “I have faith and believe that my surgery will be a success.”

Komugisha is a 47-year-old businesswoman from Uganda. She is a single mother to two children who are both still in school - one is in senior...

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Komugisha's Timeline

  • January 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Komugisha 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.

  • January 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Komugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Komugisha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Komugisha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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