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Kyobutungi is a young student from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal above her eye.

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April 13, 2020

Kyobutungi is a student from Uganda. She is the third born in a family of four children. Her mother operates a ladies’ hair dressing salon, which she says is located deep in the village. Because of the location, she gets few customers thus earning little profit. Her father is a private primary school teacher who teaches in a small nearby school and his salary can only enable him to sustain a living for the family.

Kyobutingi lives in a family-owned three roomed semi-permanent house in which she stays together with her parents, two brothers, and one baby sister. She came to the hospital with her mother. She has a mass over her right eye for the past two years. The mass is painful on touch and causes her eye to itch.

Kyobutungi traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 14th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyobutungi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Kyobutungi’s mother shared, “I hope that my daughter will be well after her surgery is done.”

Kyobutungi is a student from Uganda. She is the third born in a family of four children. Her mother operates a ladies’ hair dressing salon, ...

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Kyobutungi's Timeline

  • April 13, 2020

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

  • April 13, 2020

    Kyobutungi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2020

    Kyobutungi 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.

  • June 17, 2020

    Awaiting Kyobutungi's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Kyobutungi is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Kyobutungi'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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