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Francisco from Tanzania raised $689 to fund a mass removal.

Francisco
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  • $689 raised, $0 to go
$689
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Francisco's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2019.
December 23, 2019

Francisco did not undergo a mass removal.

Franscisco did not have his surgery has planned. The surgery was intended to remove the mass around his neck that was causing him pain and suffering. His blood count was very low and Francisco needed to blood transfusion in order to have his surgery. Unfortunately, each time he had a blood transfusion his blood count would drop very fast to as low as for four. This brought concerns and he was referred to another hospital for further management. He needed to undergo further cancer testing before having his mass removed. Francisco’s mother and relatives were not comfortable with their son undergoing further investigation and opted to return home despite the medical team trying so hard to convince them to stay and let Francisco go on with treatment.

Franscisco did not have his surgery has planned. The surgery was intended to remove the mass around his neck that was causing him pain and s...

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October 15, 2019

Francisco is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the second born child to a family of four children.Francisco and his siblings are being raised by their widowed mother after their father fell sick for a long time and passed away two years ago. Francisco was in class four last year but unfortunately he had to stop school due to the mass that has appeared on his neck giving him pain and sleepless night. Francisco’s mother sells charcoal to be able to support her family.

The problem started last year in April, Francisco’s mother says he came back from school that evening complaining that his neck was very itchy. His mother tried to check what was wrong but she only saw a small rash and nothing to cause concern. She thought it would go away with time but as time went by the rush turn into a big swelling that’s when she decided to take him to hospital. The mass causes him pain and it is difficult for him to turn his neck. He has a difficult time eating and sleeping as well.

Francisco traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Francisco needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Francisco’s mother says, “My son can’t eat well, can’t sleep and he is sad most of the time because of the pain and suffering he is going through please help my son.”

Francisco is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the second born child to a family of four children.Francisco and his siblings are being raised...

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Francisco's Timeline

  • October 15, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 16, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Francisco was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 22, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Francisco's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019
    FUNDING ENDED

    Francisco is no longer raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Francisco's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Francisco's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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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