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Success! Annah from Uganda raised $137 to fund surgery to remove a mass from her head.

Annah
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  • $137 raised, $0 to go
$137
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Annah's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2023.
October 17, 2022

Annah is a farmer from Southwestern Uganda. Her four children are all in school, and her husband is a primary school teacher.

For two years, Annah has had a swelling at the back of her head. The swell has been increasing in size. Recently, the swell has also become painful, and this has affected her negatively. She needs surgery but is struggling to raise the funds needed. Her family has had many loans that have drained their income.

Annah traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 18th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Annah needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Annah says “I look forward to being relieved of this condition through donor support so that I can live a better quality of life with no life’s worry that it will become cancerous.”

Annah is a farmer from Southwestern Uganda. Her four children are all in school, and her husband is a primary school teacher. For two y...

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Annah's Timeline

  • October 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 18, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Annah was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Annah's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Annah's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Annah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$38
Medical Staff
$23
Medication
$3
Supplies
$30
Labs
$30
Other
$13
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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