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Irene from Tanzania raised $920 to fund tumor removal.

Irene
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  • $920 raised, $0 to go
$920
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Irene's treatment was fully funded on May 29, 2017.
June 14, 2017

Irene received successful tumor removal.

The growth in Irene’s mouth was successfully removed, and she is now doing very well! Her teeth are returning to their normal position, giving her better speech and a beautiful smile.

Sadly, Irene left the hospital before a post-op photo could be taken, but her mother says, “I am so grateful that my daughter got this treatment, she now eats and speaks well.”

The growth in Irene’s mouth was successfully removed, and she is now doing very well! Her teeth are returning to their normal position, givi...

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February 11, 2017

Irene is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania and a member of a big family of eight. Her father works long days and nights as a security guard to help provide for his family. Irene’s mother stays at home to take care of her six children. Irene currently goes to a nearby government school and enjoys learning.

At birth, Irene was diagnosed with a palatal tumor, a growth on the roof of her mouth. Throughout her life, it has continued to swell. Since the tumor is near to her front teeth, it is slowly pushing Irene’s teeth out of place. This makes it difficult for her to eat. Without treatment, the mass could continue to grow and impact her breathing as well.

Because their family is so large and only has a small income, Irene’s parents need financial help for Irene’s treatment. Irene is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on February 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is looking for $920 to pay for the surgery and hospital stay while Irene recovers.

After the surgery, Irene will be able to eat normally. and her quality of her life will improve greatly.

Her mother says, “I hope that after surgery that she will have no lasting damage and be able to live life happily.”

Irene is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania and a member of a big family of eight. Her father works long days and nights as a security guard t...

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Irene's Timeline

  • February 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Irene was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Irene received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Irene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Irene's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Irene. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The process 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 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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