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Success! Ayebazibwe from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal on her cheek.

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Ayebazibwe's treatment was fully funded on November 7, 2020.

Photo of Ayebazibwe post-operation

November 9, 2020

Ayebazibwe underwent a mass removal on her cheek.

Ayebazibwe had a successful excision treatment. She is feeling fine with a relief of pain and disfigurement. After surgery her swelling went down and she is eager to get back to our daily tasks and her family. She will be able to live a better quality of life and continues with her activities on her farm.

Ayebazibwe told us, “I feel much better now and I hope I will be in the position to live a better quality of life as I continue with farming where I earn a living from.”

Ayebazibwe had a successful excision treatment. She is feeling fine with a relief of pain and disfigurement. After surgery her swelling went...

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October 5, 2020

Ayebazibwe is a farmer from Uganda. She came to the hospital with a swelling on her right cheek, which she has had for over three years. She shared that the swelling brings her headaches and causes her paralysis around the localized area on her face. She feels it more on voluntary actives like chewing and when she widens the mouth as she is coughing. This has hindered her quality of health and lifestyle which if not treated, may continue impacting her quality of health.

Ayebazibwe had never been to a hospital for medical treatment for her condition citing her limited finances. Further, the swelling was less painful at the beginning but has gradually worsened prompting her to seek medical care.

She came to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with subcutaneous lipoma that requires removal. However, she is afraid that due to the cost required, she might not receive the treatment. Ayebazibwe is a 47-year-old widow and mother to three children. Her son is a hawker trying to sell small items, and her two daughters are married, practicing small-scale farming. She studied and completed primary seven in school but never proceeded due to lack money for school fees. She stayed at home cultivating crops until she got married when she was 16 years old. She had only spent ten years with her husband by the time of his passing.

Her major source of income is from farming where she has a banana and coffee plantation from which she generates a living to sustain her family and help pay school fees for her two grandchildren. However, she is unable to afford the cost of her surgery and appeals for help.

Ayebazibwe traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 6th, surgeons will remove her mass. Now, Ayebazibwe needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Ayebazibwe shared hopefully, “I expect to have a better life and recover from all the pain after a full recovery.”

Ayebazibwe is a farmer from Uganda. She came to the hospital with a swelling on her right cheek, which she has had for over three years. She...

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Ayebazibwe's Timeline

  • October 5, 2020

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

  • October 5, 2020

    Ayebazibwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 6, 2020

    Ayebazibwe 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.

  • November 7, 2020

    Ayebazibwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 9, 2020

    Ayebazibwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Ayebazibwe'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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