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Success! Karahukayo from Uganda raised $196 to fund a cyst removal.

Karahukayo
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Karahukayo's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2021.

Photo of Karahukayo post-operation

March 2, 2021

Karahukayo underwent a cyst removal.

Karahukayo successfully received an excision treatment for a ganglionic cyst. His surgical treatment went very well and he is now able to use his arm with ease and has no more pain. He believes with a full recovery, he will be able to ride his bodaboda again easily.

Karahukayo says” “My wish is to only say that may the Lord bless you abundantly for what you have done for me. My appreciation is truly from the bottom of my heart. I will continue riding my bodaboda.”

Karahukayo successfully received an excision treatment for a ganglionic cyst. His surgical treatment went very well and he is now able to us...

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January 31, 2021

Karahukayo is a motorbike taxi (bodaboda) operator and a father to two children. Both his son and daughter are still in school. He studied and completed senior four but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. He instead stayed at home farming but later found someone to give him a motorbike taxi to ride and be paid on a commission basis to help earn income for his family.

Karahukayo arrived at the hospital with a swelling on his wrist which he has had for the past three years. He feels numbness and paralysis around the site, he can’t lift anything heavy or he stretch his hand for long.

Karahukayo traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Karahukayo needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Karahukayo says: “I have hopes and believe that once my surgery goes on well, I will be able to have a new life and continue with my bodaboda job.”

Karahukayo is a motorbike taxi (bodaboda) operator and a father to two children. Both his son and daughter are still in school. He studied a...

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Karahukayo's Timeline

  • January 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karahukayo 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.

  • February 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karahukayo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karahukayo's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Karahukayo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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