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Turyatemba is a father from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal.

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April 2, 2020

Turyatemba is a bar attendant from Uganda. He is a widower who lost his wife in 2004 and has never married again. He focused his time on the two children he had with his wife. Turyetemba feared that he could bring them a stepmother who would mistreat them. All his children are studying at institute level and he has been able to pay for their school fees through operating a small bar to earn a living.

Turyatemba presented with a progressively painful lateral swelling for over a period of 10 years. He feels discomfort and he is not able to sleep on his side.

Turyatemba traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 7th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Turyatemba needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Turyetemba says, “I hope to get fine after I have fully recovered.”

Turyatemba is a bar attendant from Uganda. He is a widower who lost his wife in 2004 and has never married again. He focused his time on the...

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Turyatemba's Timeline

  • April 2, 2020

    Turyatemba was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 02, 2020

    Turyatemba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 07, 2020

    Turyatemba 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.

  • June 17, 2020

    Awaiting Turyatemba's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Turyatemba is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Turyatemba's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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