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Success! Tukamushaba from Uganda raised $196 to fund a surgery to remove a mass.

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Tukamushaba's treatment was fully funded on March 10, 2021.

Photo of Tukamushaba post-operation

March 16, 2021

Tukamushaba underwent a surgery to remove a mass.

Tukamushaba’s mass excision surgery was a success! She reports that she feels much better now and she no longer feels pain like she used to.

Tukamushaba’s grandmother shared, “I thank you so much because you did something my granddaughter has always been yearning for. She told us about her problem before, but because we never had money, we had nothing to do for her. She will continue with school once the schools are reopened. I will continue asking God to bless the work of your hands so that you keep on helping many others.”

Tukamushaba's mass excision surgery was a success! She reports that she feels much better now and she no longer feels pain like she used to....

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February 8, 2021

Tukamushaba is a 17-year-old student from Uganda. She had reached senior three in school before the COVID-19 crisis lockdown started. Tukamushaba is the last born in a family of ten children, with four brothers and five sisters who are all married and work as small scale farmers. She lives with her mother, as her father left the family when she was very young. Tukamushaba’s mother used to work as a small scale farmer, but no longer works because recently suffered a stroke and has been home recovering.

For the last six months, Tukamushaba has had a swelling within her chest. She feels tenderness and discomfort in the area, and needs to have the mass removed in order to relieve her of these symptoms.

Tukamushaba traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tukamushaba’s family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Tukamushaba’s mother shared, “I humbly request you for your support of my daughter because she is really in deep pain and has suffered this issue for some time. However, her procedure has been delayed due to some financial struggles. I hope she will get better after surgery and can continue with school.”

Tukamushaba is a 17-year-old student from Uganda. She had reached senior three in school before the COVID-19 crisis lockdown started. Tukamu...

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Tukamushaba's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021

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

  • February 10, 2021

    Tukamushaba 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.

  • February 11, 2021

    Tukamushaba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2021

    Tukamushaba's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021

    Tukamushaba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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