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

Nasasira
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nasasira's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2021.

Photo of Nasasira post-operation

June 15, 2021

Nasasira underwent a mass removal so he can grow free from pain.

Nasasira had a successful excision at our medical partner’s care center Nyakibale Hospital. His mother is relieved to see he is now able to play without pain. The cystic mass removal also reduces the chance of future complications in the inguinal area. His mother is no longer worried about the mass causing alarming health issues.

Nasasira’s mother says, “My son is getting much better and I appreciate the support towards his surgery. I hope he will continue growing up healthy.”

Nasasira had a successful excision at our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. His mother is relieved to see he is now able to ...

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May 10, 2021

Nasasira is a 3-year-old and his parents brought him to Nyakibale Hospital seeking treatment for a concerning inguinal swelling that has caused him pain for the past 6 months. His parents are farmers who grow food for their family to eat and sell the rest to make ends meet.

On May 11th, surgeons will remove his mass, which will free Nasasira of his pain and discomfort so he can grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Nasasira’s mother shared, “I only hope it will be possible for my son to continue to grow properly after the healing process.”

Nasasira is a 3-year-old and his parents brought him to Nyakibale Hospital seeking treatment for a concerning inguinal swelling that has cau...

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Nasasira's Timeline

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nasasira was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nasasira 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.

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nasasira's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nasasira's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nasasira's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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