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Success! Clemensia from Uganda raised $137 to fund mass removal surgery.

  • $137 raised, $0 to go
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Clemensia's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.
November 7, 2022

Clemensia is a 76-year-old woman from Uganda who absolutely loves to smile. She practices small-scale farming alongside her husband, and their produce supplies their family’s needs. Clemensia shared that she has been blessed with thirteen children but sadly lost four of her children.

A year ago, Clemensia began to experience painful swelling on her right shoulder blade. As a result, she cannot use her right arm and has trouble sleeping. The swelling also impacts her ability to practice farming or help around the house. Fortunately, Clemensia was able to travel to our medical partner’s care center for treatment. On November 8th, surgeons will remove the mass on her shoulder blade. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $137 to help fund this procedure.

Clemensia said, “I kindly appeal for financial support so that I can receive treatment and live a better life again by farming.”

Clemensia is a 76-year-old woman from Uganda who absolutely loves to smile. She practices small-scale farming alongside her husband, and the...

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Clemensia's Timeline

  • November 7, 2022

    Clemensia was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 8, 2022

    Clemensia was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 11, 2022

    Clemensia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022

    Clemensia's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Clemensia's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Clemensia'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, 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.