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Success! Mugisha from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal surgery.

Mugisha
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mugisha's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Mugisha post-operation

October 18, 2020

Mugisha underwent a mass removal surgery.

Mugisha had a successful excision treatment to remove a pleomorphic tumor. He is feeling much better now with relief from the swelling that had disfigured him for a long time. He will finally be able to live a comfortable life and is feeling relieved won’t be laughed at by other people. He shared that he wants to continue preaching the gospel in his community.

Mugisha says, “I thank you so much because this condition had made me look disfigured and I wasn’t feeling comfortable. Thanks, Watsi, for this amazing support. I will always pray for you. I look forward to continuing with farming and to preach the gospel after my recovery.”

Mugisha had a successful excision treatment to remove a pleomorphic tumor. He is feeling much better now with relief from the swelling that ...

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August 10, 2020

Mugisha is a 36-year-old preacher from Uganda. He is married with two children, both in preschool. He and his wife practice small-scale farming.

Mugisha presented at the hospital with a left submandibular mass that he has had for five years. It’s progressively increasing in size and has resulted in disfigurement around his neck region which sometimes affects his breathing, swallowing, and speaking. This has also affected his vocation as a preacher in a Pentecostal church.

Mugisha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mugisha needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Mugisha says: “I will be very glad when I am relieved of this and I look like any other person. I will be able to continue with my preaching and farming after my recovery.”

Mugisha is a 36-year-old preacher from Uganda. He is married with two children, both in preschool. He and his wife practice small-scale farm...

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Mugisha's Timeline

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mugisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mugisha 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.

  • October 18, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mugisha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mugisha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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